2011 Cap Hit: $1,250,000
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2011 - P.A. Parenteau
Strengths: Despite some concerns with consistency and discipline Islanders fans are pretty high on the forward. Here's a nice bit from his 2012 Final Grade at Lighthouse Hockey
1. He played mostly with John Tavares -- a better version of Tavares, this season -- and did so more regularly than in 2010-11. (Rebuttal: He also produced when moved away from the Tavares line.)
Parenteau can definitely be an offensive catalyst for his line, he's a good passer and sees the ice well while bringing decent size and winning puck battles. Parenteau's 167 shots would rank 5th on the Avs this season and his 18 goals 4th, so while he's really more of an assist guy, he could still add some much needed scoring to the lineup. All that aside, check out this beauty he scored against the Rangers.
Weaknesses: He's not very disciplined. Parenteau is a pretty physical player, who's actively engaged in puck battles all over the ice, but he took 32 minor penalties last season. While he did produce assists away from John Tavares and Matt Moulson, his numbers are likely inflated by playing with the pair of 30 goal scorers, and Parenteau's 2 year NHL career is a really small sample size to gamble on.
Contract: Parenteau could be due for a big pay raise this Sunday, especially if a desperate team that missed Zach Parise and Alex Semin comes calling. He's 29 so he's likely already reached his peak with 53 and 67 point seasons, but its hard to tell since the late bloomer in entering only his third full NHL season. Don't be surprised to see him get a $4-5M deal with a 4-5 year term (We're talking Jones money up in here)
Why it Works: Parenteau could bring some nice offensive flair to the Avs top 9. He's got the hands and vision to be a pure set up guy, and its possible that pairing him with Matt Duchene or Milan Hejduk will get the Avs snipers shooting more often and from better position. Parenteau brings good energy and scoring touch to his line, even when he's not paired with top guys like John Tavares and while he's not great defensively, his energy and possession could work well with Sacco's system. FWIW, Adrian Dater at the Denver Post thinks Parenteau may be on the Avs radar.
My Take: I went back and forth on Parenteau for a while, but since the Avs' decision to let Peter Mueller walk, I think he may be a good alternative to Parise and Semin. I haven't watched lots of Islanders hockey, but there are elements of Parenteau's game that remind me of Tomas Fleischmann, he's got nice hands and really reads the offensive zone well. He's worked really well with 2009's 1st overall pick, John Tavares, so why not try him with the 3rd overall selection, Matt Duchene.