Coming into the new season, many expected the Colorado Avalanche to be in the hunt for a playoff spot. They’re still technically in the hunt, but the season has been sort of a disappointment.
One player who has been the complete opposite of disappointment is P.A. Parenteau, who was signed a deal as a free agent last summer. It’s probably not a stretch at all to say that bringing in Parenteau was the best move that any team in the league made last summer.
Carrying a cap hit of $4 million, Parenteau has been fantastic for the Avalanche so far. He hasn’t been streaky at all. In fact, he’s been incredibly steady in the lineup as an offensive presence. He’s leading the Avs with 27 points, including 12 goals and 15 assists.
Parenteau was certainly a late bloomer in the NHL. It took him a while to find success with the New York Islanders, not receiving a full-time shot until the 2010-2011 season, when he was already 27. Since that point, the only direction Parenteau has gone is up, going for 53 points in that year, followed by 67 last season.
That production earned him the new four-year contract with the Avalanche over the summer. He hasn’t gone consecutive games without notching at least one point, and has a couple of three-point games on the year. His Corsi is barely in the negative, but it’s significantly better than when he’s off the ice.
With Parenteau in the fold, it’s pretty clear that the Avalanche have one of the better offensive cores in the entire league. It’s just a matter of putting the proper talent around those young offensive studs. When they finally do that, watch out.