Jake Parenteau, a 5-foot-10, 188-pound freshman from Shafer, Minnesota was a virtual unknown coming out of high school.
Parenteau, who attended Chisago Lakes High School, played in 2009-2010 in the North American Hockey League for the Alaska Avalanche. Parenteau had a great season with the Avalanche, compiling 16 goals and 31 assists for 47 points.
His 47 points was tied for first by a defenseman in the NAHL. Parenteau also had an amazing plus-27 plus-minus rating. These amazing numbers show Parenteau's vast improvement since high school.
In an article released by the NAHL, Parenteau explains that playing for the Gophers has always been a dream. In the article by Brian McDonough, Parenteau said, "It's a dream come true. It's something I've been dreaming of since I was 3 years old." This opportunity for Parenteau is one that he will not let go to waste.
If he can continue improving at the pace he has since leaving high school, Parenteau has the potential to be a solid player for the Gophers. His offensive ability and growth as a player should give Parenteau a chance to challenge the other three freshmen defensemen for playing time.
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