Ok, so we are getting into longshots, but not that far off.
Palmieri may not get the favorable nod, since he has to leapfrog over players like the “Great Eight” Alex Ovechkin, Max Pacioretty, and Kyle Okposo. He is behind all three in total points with 24, which ranks 45th overall in the NHL.
With that being said, he is well on his way to surpassing his career numbers in offensive production when he was with the Anaheim Ducks. Traded for two draft picks, Palmieri is enjoying life back in his home state of New Jersey. Perhaps under Bruce “Can You Hear Us” Boudreau, he struggled to find his fit on a Ducks team that was expected to contend for the Stanley Cup.
Despite all that, he has returned to an area he is all too familiar with. Growing up as a Rangers fan only to find himself on the other side of the rivalry, Palmieri is becoming everything general manager Ray Shero hoped for, and more.