Sunday, May 9, 2010

The NYR Facts Of Life: #38 P.A. Parenteau

For each player who suited up in a Blueshirt this season we will take the good, we will take the bad and take them both and see what we have. On a team that was hurting for skill, the Rangers finally gave the talented #38, P.A. Parenteau a real shot this season.

#38's #s: 22 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, -2, 4 PIM.

Take the good: Since the Slovakian sniper Marian Gaborik wasn't particularly good in the shootout, it was good to have a specialist on hand in Parenteau. He went three for three in the skills exhibition and flashed the same good hands during regulation from time to time.

Take the bad: Parenteau's lack of size hurt him against the Flyers and he
ended up taking a bad interference call - one that allowed Philly to tie the game and force overtime. His only two penalties with the Rangers this season came in that game; bad timing. After scoring in his first game with the team in late October, Parenteau was scoreless for 13 straight before being banished back to the bush league. Like the rest of the Rangers, his consistency was lacking when it came to the amount of effort he put out night after night.

Take them both and then we have: Unlike Jason Krog, Parenteau showed that his AHL ability could carry over into the NHL (at least a little). But, at the same time, the undersized Parenteau is no Marty St. Louis - he doesn't have the power or ability to create offense on his own. He is a shootout specialist who works as a decent complementary skill player when there are other skaters out on the ice with him.

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