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Every Islander fan knows it: playing with John Tavares and Matt Moulson is a privilege. Whoever gets to play on the right wing alongside the dynamic duo always succeeds.
PA Parenteau is a great player in his own right, but playing with Matt and Johnny helps a lot. (Hey, you can even look at it the other way around, with PA helping the other two.)
But Parenteau also excels off the top line. In their stints with Tavares and Moulson, Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner had their hot streaks. Coincidence? I think not.
Some things Jack Capuano has to do before the end of the season is get Grabs back on the top line for a while. Let him play well there, and build up his confidence, which probably falls when he gets stopped on a breakaway.
Grabs is a great player who gets many opportunities. He just needs to finish, and playing with JT and Moulson would help. It'd build up his confidence and maybe even make him a better player next season for the Islanders.
Another player that Capuano needs to get with JT and Moulson is Nino Niederreiter. He only has one goal this year, but that can be attributed to Capuano playing him with guys like Marty Reasoner and Jay Pandolfo.
Playing with superstars like JT and Matt would really help Nino develop into a better offensive player, and give him confidence entering his sophomore season.