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New York Islanders Projecting Parenteau

By Matt O'Leary
Apr 9, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing P.A. Parenteau (15) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing P.A. Parenteau (15) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Islanders reunited themselves with P.A. Parenteau this summer. The question is what role will he play on the 2016-2017 Islanders.

The Islanders took a low risk with a potential good reward when they signed P.A. Parenteau to a one year $1.25 million contract. Parenteau is coming off a 41 point season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It’s unrealistic to believe that Parenteau will go back to his offensive form from his first stint with the Islanders. Although if you look at this as a depth move it certainly can payoff for the Islanders in a positive fashion.

If it’s true that Ryan Strome will not be playing RW, but instead going back to Center then that frees up a RW position for Parenteau. Looking back Parenteau put up his best number with John Tavares, but as an older player now, I think he is better suited for second line duties.

If he’s not the first line RW than who is? Personally, I think the first line RW is not currently on the team. It’s imperative that the Islanders make a trade before the season starts to rid themselves of unneeded cap hits, like Mikhail Grabovski, and I think that’s when another winger comes in.

I don’t have a name that stick out at the moment, although in the past we talked about the Islanders and Lightning being trade partners so if you want to dream about Nikita Kucherov I’m all for that, although it’ll be moving a lot more than Grabo for that one.

I think Parenteau is going on Brock Nelson‘s second line. Brock had an up and down year with the Islanders last year, I think the pairing of Nelson and possibly Shane Prince as well with the veteran Parenteau could work out well for everyone.

As for projecting stats for P.A. Parenteau, it’s not putting expectations too high if you expect to see a 35 point season from him, which would be less than what he had this past year in Toronto. Something like 15 goals and 20 assists could be doable for Parenteau.

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