What Kind of American is Zach Parise?

Cherry Hill's Greg Frank — a loyal reader and a regular contributor — is getting a little impatient with the Flyers' pursuit of free agents, and wanted to know where Zack Parise ranks among active American-born players.

Turns out, among those active United States-born players with 100 or more career games played, the Minneapolis, Minn. native is second in goals-per-game and second in points-per-game, although trailing a different U.S. player — Bobby Ryan and Patrick Kane, respectively — in each category.

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The top seven in each:

GOALS PER GAME          POINTS PER GAME
Rk. Player      GP G Goals/GP   Rk. Player   GP   Pts. Pts./GP
1. Bobby Ryan 332    136 0.410   1. Parick Kane   399 369 0.925
2. Zach Parise 502 194 0.386   2. Zach Parise 502 410 0.817
3. Phil Kessel 456 165 0.362   3. Bobby Ryan 332 259 0.780
4. Brian Gionta 647 217 0.335   4. Scott Gomez    902 686 0.761
5. Patrick Kane    399 126 0.316   5. Phil Kessel 456 327 0.717
6. Erik Cole 702 219 0.312   6. Joe Pavelski 431 305 0.708
7. Joe Pavelski 431 134 0.311   7. T.J. Oshie 262 175 0.668

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