Top Five Destinations For P.A. Parenteau
With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline just a few days away (Monday, February 29th to be exact), rumors are circulating that Toronto Maple Leafs forward P.A. Parenteau will be on the move.
A former ninth round selection (#264) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Parenteau (who has 15 goals and 15 assists through 58 games played with the Maple Leafs this season) has exceeded expectations, both in his career and in terms of his output this season, putting together a 405 game NHL career, tallying 96 goals and 161 assists for a total of 257 points.
While Parenteau’s numbers will leave him on the outside looking in when it comes to making the NHL’s Hall of Fame, they are good for a former ninth round pick.
The Maple Leafs will be seeking a draft pick/s or prospect/s in return for Parenteau’s services, what quality that pick/s or prospect/s might be remains to be seen. Word on the street is the Leafs are looking for a 2nd round pick in return for Parenteau, but with a slew of forwards expected to hit the trade market in the next 72 hours, that may be a bit lofty of a price tag.
Like every trade deadline, there are always a few teams that have glaring needs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five teams that could benefit from trading for Parenteau.
1. NEW YORK ISLANDERS:
Parenteau played two seasons with the New York Islanders (2009-10, 2010-11) posting goal totals of 20 (53 points) and 18 (67 points), respectively.
During his tenure with the Islanders, Parenteau could often be found on a line with star centre John Tavares.
Tavares has skated along side several wingers this season, including Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome, Josh Bailey, Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski.
The Islanders willingness to mix up their lines is a good indication that they may be willing to roll the dice on re-acquiring Parenteau in an effort to bolster their top-six forwards and possibly rekindle the magic that Parenteau and Tavares once shared.
2. Minnesota Wild:
With just 22 games left to play in the regular season, the Minnesota Wild are currently sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference standings.
The Colorado Avalanche (who have already made moves), Nashville Predators (who have already made moves), San Jose Sharks (who have already made moves) and Anaheim Ducks occupy the 8th, 7th, 6th and 5th spots in the Western Conference standings, respectively.
If, the Wild are serious about making the playoffs, they too will have to make some moves. With Minnesota currently ranked 16th overall in goals scored per game (2.62) bringing in a 15-goal scorer at or before the deadline would not be a huge boost, but might just be enough to put the Wild over the top and into a playoff position.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins:
After a slow start and subsequent head coaching change, the Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be back in the playoff race.
The Maple Leafs and Penguins pulled off an off-season trade which saw prolific scorer Phil Kessel and some pare parts heading to Pittsburgh in return for defenseman Scott Harrington, forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling, and first and third-round picks in 2016.
Harrington and Kasperi have spent the majority of their time with the Maple Leafs AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies this season. Nick Spaling was recently traded along with Roman Polak for a pair of second round draft picks in 2017 and 2018 to the San Jose Sharks.
The first round draft choice the Penguins sent the Maple Leafs in the Kessel deal was/is contingent on the Penguins making the playoffs this season. Should the Penguins miss the playoffs this season, the Maple Leafs will still get a first round draft choice from the Penguins, but not this summer, which is regarded as a much better draft than 2017.
So, it appears as if it is in the best interest of the Maple Leafs for the Penguins to make the playoffs and, with the Penguins always looking for depth on the wings, Parenteau could be a valuable rental player for Pittsburgh.
Should the Penguins and Maple Leafs pull off this trade it may very well serve both teams best interest…
4. Florida Panthers
When the 2015-16 season predictions were being published, few, if any, of the so-called experts were predicting that the Florida Panthers would be sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference, never mind fifth overall in the League standings.
While there is no arguing the Panthers success this season, it should be noted that only four points separate second place and seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.
With that in mind, the Panthers would be very wise to add some depth at forward.
Of course, there are some rumors that the Panthers may look to add Winnipeg Jets forward, Andrew Ladd. But, with the price for Ladd expected to be extreme, Parenteau could be a decent, effective, plan B for Florida.
5. Nashville Predators:
Like the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators are in a dogfight for a playoff spot.
Currently occupying seventh place in the Western Conference standings, Nashville has a precarious one point lead on the Colorado Avalanche (who have played three more games than the Predators), who occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Nashville currently averages a paltry 2.56 goals scored per game, ranking them 18th overall.
Adding a player of Parenteau’s ilk, would bolster their top-six forwards and power play, help protect their roster from unforeseen injuries and likely not cost the Preds anything more than a draft pick.
What do they have to lose? That’s right, possibly a playoff spot!
Whether Parenteau lands with the Islanders, Wild, Penguins, Panthers or Predators he would be a good fit on all of those rosters.
Parenteau is available at a reasonable price. He has a good mix of offensive skills and playoff experience. While not expected to be an impact player, Parenteau can give any team an honest effort, some offensive punch and perhaps that one extra goal in the playoffs that makes the difference between going home early and progressing to, what every team hopes to earn— a Stanley Cup victory.