The New York Islanders headed into the season with some question marks surrounding the roster. P.A. Parenteau, who had played nicely along side John Tavares and Matt Moulson in 2011, was a player who had plenty of fingers pointed at him on Isles message boards and blogs during the off-season as someone who could be replaced.
With fans wanting more offense coming from their top line, P.A. was someone that many felt could be dropped to the lower lines or even traded, despite putting up 20 goals and 53 points in his first full season in the NHL. But so far he has done plenty to silence even the harshest of critics.
In four games with the Islanders, Parenteau has registered one goal and six assists for seven points, putting him second on the team in scoring behind Tavares' eight. He is arguably the most consistent player for the team thus far as well, having three multi-point games in a row after the opening night shut out to the Panthers. He is also a reliable choice for the shootout, something he has yet to be called upon this year.
Nino Niederreiter, who is still currently on the IR with a groin injury, was someone that was seen on the top unit with Moulson and Tavares for his sniping ability and size during the pre-season; two assets that could possibly make that scoring line even more of a threat. But right now, head coach Jack Capuano has to decide whether he wants to possibly erase the chemistry he has between the current three by replacing Parenteau with an inexperienced rookie, or finding El Nino another place to start his first full pro-season in the NHL.
Keep in mind that Blake Comeau was a healthy scratch against the New York Rangers on Saturday night in order for Trevor Gillies to get inserted into the line-up. Comeau has yet to earn a point on the year; neither has his line-mate Josh Bailey. It's too early to tell if GM Garth Snow is shopping #57, as it was rumored to be the case over the summer. But if Niederreiter can be productive, and early, and Parenteau continues to play as well as he has so far, then Comeau and his one-year deal may find himself out of here.
...or could Parenteau's success force the third line to start scoring?
This is a scenario that will play out over the majority of the season, but right now it seems as if Parenteau has found a home with Moulson and JT; and if you ask me, there is no reason for him to be playing anywhere else but on the top line.
In other news, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano sent his proposal to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday; a proposal that is seeking help in funding from New York State.
Per the County web-site:
"Nassau County will aggressively pursue the following and other state-based economic development incentives and programs to attract private capital: additional capital funding through the Regional Economic Development Council Capital Fund, Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits and Recharge NY energy subsidies."
The rest of the release, including the design and expectations for the development of the Hub, can be found here:
Cuomo is expected to make decisions on developments such as these before the end of the year.
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