When Ray Shero traded for Kyle Palmieri at the 2015 NHL Draft, it seemed like a decent trade. Palmieri was coming off a 57 game, 29 point season for the Anaheim Ducks, and he had potential for me. Fast forward almost a year later, and we saw what that potential was. His first season with the Devils saw him lead the team in points, tie for the team lead in goals, and come in second for assists. Needless to say, the trade turned out to be more than decent. Let’s take a look at Kyle’s season below.
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Palmieri had the best offensive season for the Devils. He lead a team that starved for offense with 57 points, which is very impressive. I think the most impressive thing was that he scored 30 goals on this team, the team that was 30th in the league in goals for. He was also 1 assist away from tying Travis Zajac for the team lead. His power play numbers were very good as well. According to Hockey Reference, Palmieri put up 11 goals, 12 assists, and 23 points on the power play this season. He also lead the team in power plat goals, assists, and points. Something to look at next season is his shooting percentage. 13.5% was a career high for Palmieri, but only 1.0% better than his previous high. That number could go down next year, but it’s not impossible it stays around the same.
Palmieri’s even strength advanced statistics weren’t the best thing, but he did face tougher competition than most. He also started shifts in the defensive and neutral zone more than the offensive zone. All those things considering, his possession numbers weren’t horrible. It would’ve been nice to see him drive play more, but he did well regardless. He wasn’t heavily relied on when it came to the penalty kill, which isn’t a bad thing. Palmieri is an offensive player, and while he did get some PK time, it isn’t the most important aspect of his game.
Season Grade: A
I wasn’t sure if I should give Palmieri an A or B+ for the season. Obviously, he was the biggest offensive threat for the NHL’s least threatening offensive team. He also scored 30 goals on a team that only had two (TWO!) players score more than 20 goals. Yes, advanced numbers weren’t the best by any means, but they weren’t awful, especially considering he was playing tough minutes and starting in the neutral/defensive zone more times than not. All things considering, he deserves an A for the season. It will be interesting to see what kind of extension he signs (hopefully in the near future). I think a 5 year, $25 million contract is close to what he’ll get. Whatever the deal is, Kyle earned it with his play this year, and hopefully will continue the great play in the future.
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