ST. PAUL, Minn. As Zach Parise scans the Minnesota Wild locker room, he only sees NHL players, teammates that are trying to push for a championship this season.
Parise knows the veterans in the locker room and sees the young rookies trying to make their mark. Parise, signed long-term in Minnesota with his 13-year contract, doesn't look toward the future and doesn't see the ages. He didn't know quite how young some of his fellow teammates are, such as during last Sunday's win against the Detroit Red Wings when the Wild had five players on the ice 22-or-younger.
"That's a great stat for us, it's a great sign," Parise said. "Now, it's up to us to keep getting better and not just accepting that we're a young team and we'll win or lose, but to challenge ourselves to be one of the top teams."
Last Sunday's win was a reminder of what Minnesota has coming down the pipeline. Yet, Parise doesn't want to win down the road. He ...