During Ray Shero's first summer on the job as Devils General Manager, he acquired the Devils long-term solution for a top-line right-winger. Since Kyle Palmieri joined the Devils on July 26, 2015 in exchange for second and third rounds picks during the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Jersey native has been the club's most prominent scorer. After a strong 2015-16 season (30g-27a), Shero inked Palmieri to a five-year extension, securing his future in Jersey.
"Over the next five years - I don't want to base everything around how many goals he scored - but he's going to help make us a better team, a deeper team and play the way we want to play," Shero explained on the day Palmieri signed his extension. "He's at the right age and, yes, we consider him a foundation in terms of moving forward."
Palms has been everything the Devils have asked for and more. He led the team in points for a second consecutive season (26g-27a in 2016-17) and skated with NHL All-Star Taylor Hall and two-way center Travis Zajac. Palmieri's prowess on the man-advantage has translated to 19 PPG's since his arrival at The Rock.
The best word to describe Kyle Palmieri has been "consistency." Palms' shot-percentage has been 13.5% in each of the past two seasons, in-addition to 27 helpers during his two years in New Jersey. Palmieri has been a mainstay in the lineup, skating in 162 of 164 games. Kyle Palmieri's been a key component of Devils offense and will look to take another step forward in 2017-18. Check out his top five goals below.
5. Snipe City, NJ. Population: Kyle Palmieri
Video: PHI@NJD: Palmieri buries shot after faceoff win
Steve Mason had no shot at stopping this Kyle Palmieri laser following a Travis Zajac face-off win.
4. Twice is Nice
Video: NYR@NJD: Palmieri scores twice in less than a minute
Scoring against the Rangers is always a good time. Doing it twice in less than a minute is even better.
Video: COL@NJD: Hall, Palmieri combine for nifty goal
When Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri are barreling down the ice on an odd-man rush, expect good things to happen.
2. Shorthanded? No problem.
Video: NJD@DET: Palmieri cuts across slot for pretty SHG
Kyle Palmieri knows that the best medicine for killing off a penalty is to score a goal of your own.
1. Silky Mitts in Steel City
Video: NJD@PIT: Palmieri dekes, tucks puck past Murray
It's tough to find a better example of the Palmieri-Hall chemistry than this goal in Pittsburgh. Beautiful pass with a filthy finish.
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