Two players from the Ducks organization have been named to the 29-player preliminary 2011 U.S. National Junior Team roster. Kyle Palmieri
(first round pick, 26th overall in 2009) and Emerson Etem
(first round pick, 29th overall in 2010) will both compete for a spot on the final U.S. National Junior Team 22-man roster. The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship, December 26, 2010 – January 5, 2011, in Buffalo and Niagara, New York.
Palmieri, 19 (2/1/91), has played in 10 Ducks and 17 Syracuse Crunch (AHL) games this season. Recalled from Syracuse on Nov. 3, Palmieri scored his first goal in his NHL debut that night against Tampa Bay’s Dan Ellis
. At 19 years, nine months, and two days, he was the fifth-youngest player to appear in a Ducks uniform. Palmieri has scored 9-4=13 points with Syracuse in 17 games this season. At the time of his recall on Nov. 3, he was tied for the league lead in goal scoring and was tied for the team lead in points. Palmieri was named the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 31 after scoring 5-1=6 points in three games.
A native of Smithtown, NY, Palmieri also represented Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal with the club. He scored 1-8=9 points in seven games, finishing third on Team USA in scoring and assists.
Etem, 18 (6/16/92), has appeared in 28 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) in 2010-11, scoring 18-13=31 points with a team-leading +21 rating. Among WHL leaders, he leads all players with four shorthanded goals, ranks tied for eighth in goals and third in plus/minus. He currently ranks second on the Tigers in goals and third in points. He has tallied 10 multiple-point games this season, including four 3-point games. The Long Beach, CA native led all WHL rookies in 2009-10 with 37 goals.