It was announced on Thursday that PA Parenteau would be retiring. The now-35-year-old Parenteau could not find a home to play in the NHL in 2017-18 and given the league’s propensity for infrequently providing contracts for players of his age in this era, the writing was on the wall.
Parenteau’s hockey career is one of the more fascinating in the last 20 years. By the age of 26, he had just five NHL games under his belt. He was initially drafted in 2001 as a ninth-round pick (when those existed) and after spending a couple more years in the QMJHL, he spent basically six and a half seasons in the AHL before getting his chance in the premier league in hockey. He made the most of it as he turned two years with the Islanders into five more years in the NHL. After having just five games in the NHL at the age of 26, he finished with 491 regular contests in total.
To be certain, Parenteau’s best years were on Long Island when he was often skating as a winger for John Tavares. To say that he was solely a product of Tavares, though, is misguided. From 2012-2017, his NHL service post-Tavares, he managed 1.73 points per 60 minutes at five-on-five. That is the exact same production rate as Henrik Zetterberg. Again, his best years were with Tavares, but he was still productive without him.
Congratulations to Parenteau on grinding in the minors for so long and eventually parlaying his opportunity into a solid NHL career. It’s a valuable lesson for anyone in hockey (and elsewhere).
Dobber writer and editor Cam Robinson released his top-130 rankings yesterday. Cam has been working tirelessly all year to end up at this point so I would recommend going through it thoroughly to get a read on more than just the top-end guys.
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The Edmonton Oilers signed Drake Caggiula to a two-year extension with an AAV of $1.5-million. He’s probably an NHLer.
Some news for Canucks fans on former(ish) Vancouver defenceman Nikita Tryamkin as reported by Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet:
After 79 NHL games, Tryamkin went back to the KHL following the 2016-17 season. The now-23-year-old had 11 points in those 79 games.