5 years ago

P.A. Parenteau spend plenty of time in the minors before finally getting a chance to play in the NHL.

The 29-year-old winger had played only five NHL games before the Rangers gave him his first shot in the 2009-10 season. He played 22 games for New York scoring three times and adding five assists but the Rangers did not offer enough money, making him a UFA after the season. He signed on with the Islanders and thrived during his two seasons on Long Island scoring 38 times in 161 games but picking up 82 assists. He signed a four-year/$16 million contract this past week with the Avalanche and expect him to be a top-six forward next season. "I wouldn't trade all those years of struggle for anything," Parenteau said. "It taught me so much about hard work and belief in yourself," he said. "That will never leave me." He should get 20 goals and 60-65 points next season so draft him accordingly.