Shearer asked Palmieri if he wanted to change from the jersey No. 51 he had worn since he arrived in Anaheim. Palmieri chose his old No. 21 and didn't think much of it until he was asked about it later.
"People make a bigger deal out of it than it is," Palmieri joked.
Palmieri referred to those who see the symbolism, because Anaheim typically gives a young player a lower number when it feels that player is established - Bobby Ryan started out wearing No. 54 with the Ducks.
The next step is now for Palmieri and Anaheim's other young forwards to build off the offensive balance it achieved last season, especially after the trade of 30-goal scorer Ryan to the Ottawa Senators.