There has been a lot of discussion about the Minnesota Wilds 50th, and last available contract. With the Aeros signing Paul Mara to a contract earlier this week, a number of people have wondered if that means forward Nick Palmieri won’t be getting that last spot. If you’re a fan of Palmieri, there are a number of reasons to not panic just yet.
Palmieri, who was part of the deal that sent Zidlicky to the New Jersey Devils, played nine games with the Wild last season. He scored zero points, 2 PIMs and was overall a minus 3. So far in 35 games with the Aeros, Palmieri is plus 9, with 9 goals and 10 assists. According to the stats on theAHL.com, Palmieri has been able to record 72 shots on goal. He has been one of the most consistent players, playing on a line with David McIntyre and Carson McMillian. This line has remained mostly intact all season, although McMillian was replaced briefly with Jarod Palmer due to injury for a few games this season.
There are definitely downsides to Palmieri however. He’s not a Charlie Coyle/Jason Zucker type of player. He wouldn’t be a player that Wild fans would be seeing on a consistent basis. But he a great call-up when the Wild need it, someone throw in the lineup for a few games here and there and cover minor injuries.