Coming into this season, nobody knew what to expect from minor league veteran PA Parenteau.
Drafted in the 9th round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks, Parenteau looked like a long shot to ever make the NHL due to his (generous) 5’11” stature. However, despite the knock on small players, the Quebec native never failed to produce.
He scored at a higher clip with all three of his QMJHL teams, including a monstrous 2001-2002 campaign alongside first rounder Pierre-Marc Bouchard with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. He then went on to produce for the minor league affiliates of the Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers.
Parenteau held a .73 point-per-game pace over 450 AHL games yet received the AAAA stature. Yet after seven strong seasons in the A, the Isles came calling this year as they needed help on their scoring lines. The 27-year-old did just that, help, sitting in a three-way tie with Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner for second on the team in scoring.
According to Katie Strang of Newsday, via Twitter, the deal will be worth 1.25 million next season– an affordable price for a guy who can simply score.
In Parenteau, the Isles keep their overhead and risk at a minimum. Typical low-risk, high-reward situation and a move the team has simply not been known for as of late. Drafted in virtually zero leagues– available in 91 percent of most leagues– this diminutive veteran should be on most rosters in deeper leagues.
As the Islanders get better and grow into their young talent, Parenteau should only continue to produce so keep that in the back of your mind should you sign up for a more challenging format.