Pick #26 – Kyle Palmieri Watch Part 1

Palmieri: Or the only form of entertainment during the draft

Kyle Palmieri: Or, the only form of entertainment during the draft

I am a Sharks fan, have been all my life. As a Sharks fan, I hate the Ducks. They suck. Its just that simple. However, extenuating circumstances have caused me to follow one of their draftees, a certain Kyle Palmieri.

Way back on July 4, 2008, Doug Wilson acquired Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, and the 1st and 4th round picks for the 2009 entry draft. It was probably Wilson’s second best trade (first being the infamous Thornton trade, of course), and most Shark fans were happy with it – at least, they were once Boyle showed how great he was.

But back on track. That first round pick was later traded to the Ottawa Senators in the Meszaros deal. It was then traded by Ottawa to the New York Islanders in the Comrie deal.

Then comes the draft. The first round pick – now revealed as #26 overall – is held by the Islanders as their second pick after the first overall. But wait! It was traded in a package for the Columbus Blue Jacket’s 12th overall pick. Columbus, not satisfied with that being their first pick, then packages #26 to the Anaheim Ducks for #21 overall. The pick does not move after that, and the Ducks draft Kyle Palmieri with it.

In all, the pick was traded five times in less than a year before being used, what is likely a record [link]. If it physically traveled between all of the NHL cities, it would travel approximately 8,889 miles – or the distance between San Jose, CA and Kanuvai, India. [link]

That goes beyond sloppy seconds – that’s sloppy sixths. And as following that pick was the most entertaining part of the draft as a Sharks fan, I’ve decided to follow the career of the guy who was drafted by it as well, a certain Kyle Palmieri.

As the guy was just drafted and has yet to do anything in the four hours since, here’s a run-down of who, exactly, Kyle Palmieri is (a full profile is here):

Plays for the US U-18 team in their developmental league, and had a line of 15-15-30 in 33 games, as well as 51 PIMs. He’s a RW/C, and a small one at that – only 5’10” and 191lbs. His hometown is Montvale, New Jersey, but he’s one of those Garden State residents that likes the Rangers. He has been compared to Chris Drury by NHL scouts.

However, he was kicked out of the USNDP because of allegedly being drunk in his hotel room with a girl (both against the rules), which is somewhat fitting considering his “sloppy sixths” pick.

Some scouting reports:

“I think Kyle’s got a little bit of Chris Drury in him. I look at his passion, his natural skills and his tenaciousness, and that’s what I saw in Chris. He’s a lot of fun to watch because he has that vision along with a wicked shot. He very seldom passes up the opportunity to make the right play — he’s in position to shoot the puck and has that insight into whether to freeze and dish or just let it go.”
- Jack Barzee, NHL Central Scouting

“Really fast and slick laterally. Great effort level – always keeps his feet moving in traffic and outworks opponents for loose pucks. Ultra competitive. Creates a lot of offense off a heavy persistent forecheck.”
- Red Line Report 2009 Draft Guide

“Kyle plays a solid two way game. He moves well to the open ice and finds seams for making plays happen very quickly. He has good set up skills and distributes the puck very well. His vision is one of his stronger points, as he does find his line mates very well and usually creates some sort of scoring chance. … a very competitive player, with good open ice skills.”
– International Scouting Services 2009 Draft Guide

He has committed to going to Notre Dame in the fall, so his professional career likely won’t begin for a few years. But it still will be interesting to follow a player that has already been preceded by so much trade action; it makes me wonder if that trend will follow him now that he’s actually a person.

And as a treat, here’s a banner that I made for Fear the Fin: