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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."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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