The Ottawa Senators open up training camp as reported by Jared on Thursday with one name that sticks out from the rest in that being invitee Nick Palmieri. The 25-year-old is back on this side of the pond after playing last season in Germany looking for a fresh start. If he doesn’t fit in Ottawa’s plans right away from camp, will he be offered a contract to wear a jersey for the 2014-’15 Binghamton Senators?
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Palmieri is a former third round draft pick by the New Jersey Devils in 2007 playing in 78 NHL games for the Devils while spending 120 games with Albany/Lowell (2009-’12). He had a rough go of it being shuttled back and forth while never really finding his game for the Devils’ organization being somewhat referred to as slow-footed for the NHL with a limited ceiling. The Devils tried by inserting him along side Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk getting his share of some dirty goals mostly on rebounds.
He was then shipped to the Minnesota Wild involved in the Marek Zidlicky trade where he played in nine NHL tilt’s for the Wild before being sent down to the Houston Aeros and finishing the following season for the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. Palmieri then signed for the EHC Red Bull München where his performance found his offensive touch in Germany scoring 13 goals while adding 19 assists in 47 contests.
The 6′ 3″ right-winger from Clinton, NY hasn’t put up the numbers but a grinder that likes to crash the net with good hands for a big body forward. The B-Sens now has that type of player covered as David Dziurzynski fits that mold, if not better. However, there’s always options on where he would fit in on the right side of the third or fourth line as the team is rich with left wingers.
Palmieri could be a real nice addition as the organization is always in the search for a gem that might pan out adding size as well as grit that never comes short. It’s been noted that Luke Richardson likes to have a few extra bodies for each game so there is a real possibility he might see some ice time at 1 Stuart Place in Binghamton for the coming season.
*UPDATE: It’s not happening as he was let go of his tryouts by Ottawa.
*Cover Photo by Jeff Ulmer.