While the Colorado Avalanche face virtually no chance of making the playoffs this season unless they win out, one of the team’s top off-season acquisitions is showing that there is hope for the future. P.A. Parenteau has been one of the team’s top performers this season and has re-taken the team scoring lead with a five-game point streak.
The Avalanche will need Parenteau to keep up his hot streak when they take on the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. In the last five games, the winger has two goals and seven points. March was an especially good month for Parenteau, as he scored six goals and added 12 assists to bring his season totals to 14 goals and 21 points. After two solid season with the New York Islanders, Parenteau is now establishing himself as one of the best players on the Avalanche roster and the team was wise to sign him to a long-term deal. He has been a steady performer on the power play this season as well, and has two goals and three points in the last five games (and 5-6-11 for the season) while playing with the man-advantage.
Parenteau is signed through the 2015-16 season, and is a bargain right now at a $4 million price tag. David Jones has a similar contract and has only been able to produce three goals and seven points this season. The Avalanche have most of their key young players locked up through next season, but will be in a lot of trouble after that as Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene all have contracts that expire following the 2013-14 season.