A Look At PA Parenteau
Last season was the breakout year for New York Islanders forward P.A. Parenteau. Playing 81 games last season for the Islanders, PA had 53 points, 20 of those being goals.
Signed by the Islanders during the off-season last year, PA Parenteau was coming off a season filled with ups and downs with the Rangers, literally. Parenteau was "the guy" the Rangers would call up if they needed an extra forward for a game, playing most of the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, now Connecticut Whale.
Right out of 2010 training camp, Parenteau seemed optimistic. This was the first time in his career an NHL team gave him an actual chance in the league, not just using him as a "just in case" player that they keep in the AHL. When something like that happens to a player, especially one who has spent years in the minors, it really boosts their confidence.
This upcoming season is a huge year for Parenteau and the Islanders. PA will be a very useful player. Personally, I see him on the wing of a Comeau and Reasoner line, considering how well he played last year on a line with Comeau. PA's powerplay talent will also be needed this season as he tallied 9 goals on the man advantage.
It will be interesting to see how this season shapes up for the Isles. Some new faces, well, not that many new faces. It will be also interesting to see which prospects can crack the lineup.