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Palmieri Stays Hot to Open AHL Season

Wednesday, 10.19.2011 / 1:34 PM / News
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Palmieri Stays Hot to Open AHL Season
By Warren Kozireski
Special to AnaheimDucks.com


Kyle Palmieri finished his first professional season in April on a hot streak with 15 goals and 20 points over his final 14 games.

He has yet to cool off through the first few games of the 2011-12 campaign. The 20-year-old has tallied sevne points (five goals, two assists) in three games and was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week on Monday.

“The whole team is off to a pretty good start and my whole line is clicking well,” said Palmieri. “I owe a whole lot to them and they’re making it real easy to play out there and create space.

“I’ve been scoring a couple of goals and I think going forward we’re going to continue this momentum. We finished last season pretty strong. Coming into this season we wanted to do the same thing. So far we have a lot of chemistry and that will go a long way to helping this team win.”

A 2009 Ducks first round draft selection (26th overall), Palmieri has more than demonstrated his offensive prowess as well as a flair for the dramatic with an overtime game-winner to open the season.

“He’s an offensive guy and sometimes you need to take the good with the bad and I think that’s why he’s here,” said Syracuse head coach Mark Holick. “He needs to round out his game and learn to play 200 feet including our zone and be willing to take the puck into those hard areas.

“Arguably he’s our best player and he’s a guy who has to score for us. With a guy as offensively gifted as that, you need to let them be creative but sometimes we need him to put the puck ahead of him and drive it into those hard areas.”

The native of Smithtown, New York who was mostly raised in northern New Jersey has three World Junior experiences on his resume including helping Team USA to a bronze medal last January in Buffalo where he tied for the team lead in scoring.
 
Before turning pro, Palmieri spent two seasons with the U.S. National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan under current Rochester Americans head coach Ron Rolston. Prior to that, he attended Saint Peter’s Prep in New Jersey and played with the New Jersey Devils junior program.

One season with Notre Dame followed where he finished 10th in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in rookie scoring with 17 points in 33 games. Then he became only the second Irish player ever selected in the first round of the draft (the first was defenseman Ian Cole, who was taken 18th overall by St. Louis in 2007).

“He’s a sniper,” said Rolston after a recent Rochester-Syracuse game, where Palmieri scored the first goal of the game into the top right corner. “You can’t give him a puck at the dots because it’s usually in (the net).”

The right handed shooter also was the lone representative from Syracuse in the AHL All-Star Game last season in Hershey, Pennsylvania and registered a shot of 95.3 MPH in the skills competition hardest shot event.

“Shooting the puck is what I do best and creating offense," Palmieri said. "I’m just trying to get most of those shots on net and hopefully they’ll go in for me just like they are now. Hopefully going forward I’ll get an opportunity to play with the Ducks, but I’m focused on playing for Syracuse and rounding out my game."

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 60 19 40 10 59
C. Perry 48 26 17 13 43
R. Kesler 63 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 55 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 60 6 22 17 28
J. Silfverberg 62 9 18 7 27
C. Fowler 62 5 21 -2 26
R. Rakell 52 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 7 5 0 .914 2.63

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