Ever since Kyle Palmieri has worn the Devils sweater, he has been impactful for the Red and Black. In his most recent season, Palmieri has continued to consistently perform for his team and is the team's leading scorer. At 29 years old, the New Jersey native has become a strong leader for the young Devils squad, and leads by example on and off the ice.
1. CHASING CAREER HIGHS
When the season paused in mid-March, Kyle Palmieri was on pace to have one of his best career seasons. With thirteen games left in the regular season, Palmieri is two goals behind matching his 27 goals from last season and five goals back from tying his career high goals with 30. The right winger has seen three multi-goal games so far this season, and 20 games with at least one goal.
Palmieri is also on track to have his fourth 50 point season, as he is only five points back from hitting that mark. All of his 50 point season have been during the five years Palmieri has played for the Devils.
2. LEADING THE PACK
In addition to being on track for one of his best seasons with the Devils, Palmieri lead by example, quite literally. At the pause, the Alternate Captain is leading his team in seven categories - goals, points, power play goals, power play points, game winning goals, overtime goals and shooting percentage (for players with over 60 games). His 25 goals on the season have him nine goals ahead of the next spot, which is Jesper Bratt with 16 goals.
Palmieri has been a fixture on the top line in the right-wing spot, clocking in an average of 21 shifts a game, and 17:07 minutes of ice time. He is a big part of the team's power play, not only as the leading scorer, but as the leader in time on ice during the man-advantage.
The New Jersey native has shown he is reliable and consistent through a variety of ways, including getting the job done when the game is on the line. Palmieri is tied with P.K. Subban for leading the team with game winning goals. His three game winners have secured wins over Montreal in November, and Arizona and Anaheim in December.
3. TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATION
Palmieri, as an alternate captain for the team, is a built-in role model for the younger Devils team. In addition to passing along knowledge from his experience in the NHL, he has helped developed the younger players on the team like Jack Hughes. Hughes has spent a considerable amount of time on the top line this season in both on the wing and centering the line. Through being line mates, Palmieri is able to help groom the rookie and support his development through his first professional season.
Before the Devils played the Flyers in February, Palmieri discussed how he looked up to veterans when he was just starting off in the NHL. "When I was younger and breaking into the league in Anaheim, it was something that I had guys to look up to, and try to model my game after," said Palmieri. "You find ways to gain knowledge just by watching and being around older guys, and that's one of the things you want to try to set a good example on."
"How you carry yourself when things are going well and when things aren't going well. You try to work and help those guys grow as players and that's on and off the ice."
In addition to showing the younger players how to consistently produce points in the NHL, he also inspires them off the ice with his foundation, The Kyle Palmieri Foundation. Through charitable work, Palmieri shows the importance of giving back and getting involved in the community. For the Devils, Palmieri continues to be a leader on and off the ice, and will help develop this young Devils squad in the culture of the Devils organization.