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The Central Division’s Top Five Underrated Players

By Skylar Peters
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Sep 18, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing

P.A. Parenteau

(15) reacts during warms drills before the start of a preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

#2: P.A. Parenteau

P.A. Parenteau is still a little-known name across the NHL, even after scoring 43 points in 48 games. Parenteau is a huge offensive tool, and does not shy away during big moments, something he showed during the 2013 season. Averaging near a point-per-game nearly every season, Parenteau has finally found a home with the Colorado Avalanche after bouncing around the NHL and AHL over the last several seasons. In Denver, he can be a solid first-line player, consistently being the team’s top offensive weapon, as he tied for the team lead in points last season. At age 30, there is lots of gas left in the tank for Parenteau, and as the Avalanche find their legs offensively, he will become one of the most well-known point producers in the Central Division.