P.A. Parenteau Finds Success In Isles Uniform

P.A. Parenteau came to the Islanders this summer with an opportunity that could be his last to prove himself as an NHL forward and not just an AHL call-up. So far he has done just that as he leads his team in points with eight scored in eight games played.

The former New York Ranger has registered two goals and six assists, both goals having been scored when the team had the man-advantage, a contributing factor to how the team has managed to earn their place in the Atlantic Division. He has also set up plenty of power play helpers. Most recently he aided John Tavares on two of his goals with assists while the team exercised their special teams unit.

Ironically, Parenteau chose to wear number 15, the digits that were once worn by Jeff Tambellini. Tamby was a highly skilled forward who, like Parenteau, had dominated the American League and wanted to establish himself as a top-six forward in the NHL. After years of toying and experimenting with Tambellini in an Islanders uniform, the organization decided to part ways. Jeff now is a member of the Vancouver Canucks and has two points in four games played.

P.A. so far has been following the path that Matt Moulson paved at the start of last year. Moulson was a forward that came to the Island with not many knowing too much about him. He ended up leading the team in goals with 30 and is off to a solid start this season as well.

Garth Snow has done a decent job of finding players that many teams would pass on and then providing them a second opportunity. There's Matt Moulson, Rob Schremp who was claimed off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers last year and Michael Grabner who was also claimed off of waivers from the Florida Panthers. The latter has shown that he has the potential to thrive in Scott Gordon's over-speed system. He only has three points so far on the year, but he manages to put himself in scoring position and seems to be able to almost outrace anyone to a loose puck. It might not take long for him to eventually find his niche with the Islanders.

But Parenteau currently tops the list in production and is clearly thankful for where he is right now. If you ask how I know, just look at what he has done on the ice.

-Rob McGowan

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George Prax's picture

I really liked Parenteau the couple of games I saw him with New York last season and I'm glad he's breaking out now. Seems to be a theme with the isles lol.