P.A. Parenteau returns to the Islanders with one-year pact

by Neil Parker on July 2, 2016 | (3 Comments)

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Breaking down the fantasy impact of P.A. Parenteau signing with the New York Islanders …


Fantasy Impact: P.A. Parenteau signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the New York Islanders Saturday, July 2.


The Islanders add: A familiar player who had the best stint of his career over a two-year stretch with the Islanders during the 2010-11 and '11-2012 seasons. In his age-27 and -28 campaigns, Parenteau combined for 38 goals and 120 points over 161 games.

He followed it up with a productive two-year stretch with Colorado (76 points through 103 games) before bottoming out with the Canadiens during the 2013-14 season. However, Parenteau posted his second 20-goal showing last year with the Maple Leafs, which included seven power-play goals to prove the offensive ability is still in tact.

And while the 33-year-old journeyman reaffirmed he's a capable secondary scorer, he also posted his best possession season (54.6 CorsiFor percentage) with the basement-dwelling Maple Leafs last season. And don't forget, Parenteau also has prior chemistry with John Tavares, which might be the biggest aspect of this signing.


Fantasy Take: Head coach John Capuano mixed and matched his lines throughout the  2015-16 season, and it resulted in a fantasy nightmare behind and around Tavares. Parenteau goes from being a key cog offensively in Toronto to a complimentary piece with the Islanders.

However, the potential of reuniting with Tavares far outweighs his fantasy surroundings in Toronto. Additionally, prior to his one-year hiatus with the Habs, Parenteau proved capable of being a contributing scorer alongside high-end talent. Remember, with Colorado, his most frequent linemate with Matt Duchene.

Also, during Parenteau's time with the Islanders, he combined for a solid 2.84 goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five with John Tavares.


Fantasy Players Impacted: Starting with Parenteau, there is huge potential for this to be a positive. Should he land on Tavares' flank for the majority of the season, Parenteau would easily project for 20 goals and 50 points. Parenteau is also a sneaky contributor in the penalty minute department and has a respectable floor when handed a top-six role.

The Andrew Ladd signing screams supporting piece more than top-line winger, but everything for the Islanders is in a wait-and-see phase right now.

A Brock Nelson-Ladd-whoever line projects to be able to be a matchup against opposing top lines competently, which would leave Ryan Strome, Josh Bailey, Anders Lee and Parenteau as potential suitors for the No. 1 line.


Here's a goofball guess at the Islanders line combinations before the Parenteau signing. The emphasis is on goofball because Capuano is involved.


Bailey - Tavares - Strome

Ladd - Nelson - Lee

Jason Chimera - Casey Cizkas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Shane Prince


Adding Parenteau to the fold makes everything really murky.

With Mathew Barzal, Michael Del Colle, Joshua Ho-Sang and Alan Quine also in the mix, there are too many moving pieces here to say anything beyond be wary of over investing in Islanders forwards after Tavares.


Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Parenteau, maybe (profile, stats here)


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

Everyone after Tavares




  • John

    I’m pretty sure Ladd will get every opportunity to ride shot gun with JT. They didn’t give him that contract to be just a locker room guy, Parenteau will get a good look at the RW slot on that top line and should be a nice sleeper pick

    • Neil Parker

      I don’t disagree here, I just also don’t trust Capuano. A Ladd-Tavares combo leaves NYI top heavy, and if Capuano couldn’t keep Kyle Okposo in a top-line role, I’m not sure how Ladd can be a lock in that spot.

  • Good move by Parenteau, he should see good time with Tavares and then can raise his value for a bigger contract next year with more term and a higher AAV. I was hoping he would be back with the Leafs but that means Marner has a better shot at a spot on the team which is better.