It has been a rough season so far for the Colorado Avalanche as the team hovers around last place in the Western Conference.
While the Avalanche can’t win games on a regular basis, they have been able to find a consistent scorer in P.A. Parenteau. Parenteau has eight points over the team’s last five games going into Saturday afternoon’s action and has ten points overall during the month of March. It looks like Colorado found a very solid player in free agency.
Parenteau came over to Colorado this season after spending the last three seasons with the New York Islanders. The Avalanche have been unable to break through this season and get into the playoff chase the way they should be, given how much parity there is in the NHL.
Parenteau, though is doing his part to at least keep the Avalanche in contention for the final playoff spot, if the team can just win some more games in the final six weeks of the season.
The right winger has 27 points this season in 26 games, and is on pace to break his career-high for points in a season that he achieved last season. It is still just a six-point hole that Colorado is in for the last playoff spot, and while Parenteau can’t be expected to score as well as he has this month, the Avalanche may still be able to sneak closer to the playoffs.
I’m sure that there will be several teams around the NHL who will be looking for solid free agent bargains this coming off-season after seeing what Parenteau has done.