Colorado Avalanche Have Hopes Pinned On Journeyman

By Andy Schmidt
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche won’t be confused for a team that can score with the best in the National Hockey League. If there is one player that is doing everything he can to keep Colorado in contention this season, it is P.A. Parenteau. Parenteau has seven goals and four assists in 12 games this year so far and in his fifth season could be hitting a peak in performance. The Avalanche will definitely need that going forward as the season begins to take its toll on everyone.

Parenteau is on his fourth team in five seasons playing and after a solid season last year with 67 points, Parenteau took his talent to the Avalanche. Parenteau along with Matt Duchene is leading Colorado with 11 points each this season but the rest of the team isn’t doing much else to help out the two. The Avalanche are the worst team in the NHL scoring on the power play and are averaging just over two goals a game this season while starting 5-6-1.

Parenteau is a true journeyman and a nomad in the NHL but he needs to keep up this early scoring pace and average about a point a game for a Colorado team that isn’t that far away in the Northwest Division. If the team can improve their power play and score some more goals, anything is possible in today’s NHL. If it is going to happen however, it is going to be because of players like Parenteau who lead the team into the playoffs during this shortened 2013 season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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