Islanders coach Jack Capuano
certainly is happy that forward PA Parenteau
is tied for seventh in the League with a team-best 30 assists, but he believes there's more to the right wing than his set-up skills.
"A lot of times he's a guy that thinks pass-first," said Capuano. "The more he shoots the puck, the more (positive) results we're going to get. That's something we always stay on top of him about. He has had, the last few games, four or five shots a game and that's paid dividends for him."
Parenteau has nine goals this season, but two of them came Tuesday in Washington for his first two-goal game in the NHL.
"I am a little too generous at times passing the puck," Parenteau told NHL.com. "It's something I like to do. When I'm well-surrounded, I like to pass the puck. But he (Capuano) is right, I can definitely shoot it a little more. I did last game and I got rewarded for it. Maybe I'll look to shoot it a little more the rest of the year here."
Parenteau admitted playing on a line with top goal-scorers John Tavares
and Matt Moulson
, it was easy to think pass-first. Now that he's been moved onto a line with Frans Nielsen
and Michael Grabner
, it's easier for him to start shooting the puck more.
"Maybe sometimes playing with Moulson and Johnny I was a little too generous because I know they're such good goal scorers," said Parenteau. "And they were always open. … I try to be the same player -- try to move the puck well and make some plays, and take the puck to the net when it's needed."
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