Kyle Palmieri recalled from Syracuse.

Recognizing the need for more offense against the NHL’s best offensive club, the Ducks have recalled right wing Kyle Palmieri from AHL affiliate Syracuse.

In his second week as a professional hockey player, the 19-year-old had five goals in three games last week for the Crunch to earn AHL player of the week honors. For the season Palmieri had seven goals (tied for the league lead) and nine points in nine games.

On Monday the Ducks recalled Nick Bonino, who had been centering the line with Palmieri and left wing Nicolas Deschamps, and the two could will be paired together (according to Randy Carlyle) tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“It’s all positives when you’ve got young players in their first foray into the American Hockey League and they’re playing to a top level,” Carlyle said Tuesday.

Ducks assistant general manager David McNab said Tuesday that Palmieri and Bonino will both have to prove they can perform at the NHL level before determining whether they can be counted on long-term to help the Ducks. But Palmieri’s accomplishments in a short time in the AHL speak for themselves.

“I don’t know if there’s another 19-year-old in the AHL or not. Most guys are in junior until they’re 20,” McNab said. “Very few under-20 players play in that league. He’s walked in and scored goals, done everything that you wanted. He’s been – not a surprise – but to play this well this early, and score as many goals as he has, just his play all around as well, he’s a guy who likes to shoot the puck, likes to score goals, gets chances and plays hard. In a 30-team league and your second week as a pro hockey player, to be player of the week in the AHL, not many guys do that.”

More from McNab on the development of other Ducks prospects in the AHL in a future blog soon.

Palmieri named AHL Player of the Week.

Prospect Kyle Palmieri was rewarded Monday for his big week with AHL affiliate Syracuse.

The 19-year-old right wing, who had five goals and an assist in three games, is the league’s Player of the Week. Palmieri notched his first career hat trick in a 5-4 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday, had the game-tying goal in a 4-3 loss to the Hershey Bears Friday, and the go-ahead goal and an assist in 3-2 win over the Albany River Rats on Saturday.

The 26th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Palmieri now co-leads the AHL with seven goals. His nine points are tied for second among AHL rookies. He was tied for the team scoring lead with Nick Bonino, who was recalled Monday by the Ducks.

Ducks 4, Vancouver 2.

The Ducks went out winners at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, B.C., topping the Vancouver Canucks’ rookies 4-2.

After two straight losses in which they were outmuscled for net position and looked lost on special teams, the kids turned it around in a major way. A pair of power-play goals, by Rob Bordson and Cam Fowler, staked the Ducks to a 2-0 lead through two periods.

In the third, Vancouver came back to tie the game at 2 against goaltender Timo Pielmeier, who lost the tournament opener Sunday. But center Maxime Macenauer, who spent all of last season with ECHL affiliate Bakersfield, scored the game-winner with less than three minutes to play. Kyle Palmieri’s empty-net goal provided the final score.

The Ducks led in the shot column, 33-18, and Pielmeier needed only 16 saves for the win. Russian goalie Igor Bobkov was on the bench for the first time in the tournament, but the Ducks’ third-round 2009 draft pick did not appear in the game.

Some of the rookie camp participants will take part in the Ducks’ main camp, which begins Saturday in Anaheim.
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Etem, Fowler and Palmieri invited to US junior camp.

Ducks prospects Cam Fowler, Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri have been invited to take part in the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, July 30 through Aug. 7 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

A total of 44 players were invited to the camp, which will serve as an audition for U.S. National Junior Team that
will take part in the IIHF World
Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo.

Both Fowler and Palmieri were members of last year’s USA World Junior
team, which took home the gold medal after defeating Canada 6-5 in

Palmieri steals show at scrimmage.

The game didn’t count, but the first impression surely did.

Kyle Palmieri scored three impressive goals Tuesday night in an intrasquad scrimmage at the Ducks’ prospects conditioning camp. The scrimmage, which consisted of two 30-minute periods of four-on-four hockey, ended in a 4-4 tie.

For many of the fans in attendance at Anaheim Ice, it was their first chance to watch Palmieri play hockey. For Palmieri, who last made headlines when he was arrested in April, it was exactly the debut he needed.

“It was good to get back into a competitive game,” the 19-year-old said. “We’re all trying to impress the people upstairs. At the same time, we’re having fun and trying to get to know some people.”

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More Kyle Palmieri.

Not much new today regarding the situation of Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri, but the St. Catherines Standard relays some interesting contents of a conversation with the father of Notre Dame teammate Riley Sheahan.

Sheahan, who was arrested along with Palmieri on Sunday in South Bend, Ind., “would be eligible for a pre-trial diversion program that would require him to
complete 40 hours of community service and stay out of trouble with the
law for a year, after which charges would not be filed.”

Ducks assistant general manager David McNab said that “the organization has definitely looked into [Palmieri’s arrest], is on top of it, and has talked to the player.” McNab declined further comment because he hasn’t personally spoken to Palmieri.

Prospect update: Palmieri in limbo, Deschamps in title series.

The status of Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri, who was booked Sunday for resisting arrest and minor consumption, is still in limbo. According to the South Bend Tribune, Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson is out of town for various meetings and was not able to comment on what will happen to the freshman hockey player.

Palmieri was taken by the Ducks with the 26th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

The news was better for prospect Nicolas Deschamps, whose Moncton Wildcats are set to begin a best-of-seven series against the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday for the QMJHL championship.

Deschamps, a second-round pick by the Ducks in 2008, finished second in the QMJHL in scoring (39 goals, 96 points) in the regular season.

Ducks prospect arrested.

Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri has been arrested in South Bend, Indiana, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Citing police reports, the Tribune reports that the 19-year-old Palmieri was arrested after South Bend police officers spotted he and Notre Dame teammate Riley Sheahan standing in the bed of a moving pickup truck about 2:30

Police say Palmieri attempted to run away from an officer, which led to a
struggle between the two that included the freshman hockey player
grabbing at the officer’s Taser. Police said a test showed he had a 0.10
percent blood-alcohol level. He has been charged with two counts of
resisting arrest and minor consumption.

Police said that Sheahan, who was also in the back of the truck, also
tested positive for alcohol, showing a 0.12 percent blood-alcohol level.
The freshman center has been charged with public intoxication and minor

Palmieri has had discipline issues before. Three months prior to being taken by the Ducks in the first round of the 2009 Entry Draft, he was kicked off the United States Under-18 team for violating team rules. Ducks general manager Bob Murray said at the time that Palmieri was frank about the incident that led to his removal. “We grilled him in the interviews … our guys were comfortable with what he said,” Murray said.

Expect another grilling in the near future.

WJC: Palmieri, Gardiner lead Team USA past McMillan, Canada.

Ducks prospects Kyle Palmieri (first round, 2009 Entry Draft) and Jake Gardiner (first round, 2008) had cause to celebrate Tuesday, when Team USA upset tournament host Canada, 6-5 in overtime at the IIHF World Junior Championships in Saskatoon.

Palmieri had one assist Tuesday to bring his seven-game tournament total to eight, second on his team and third among all players at the WJCs. His nine points were third on Team USA, and his plus-8 rating tied for second. Gardiner led the team with a plus-9 rating, and finished with three assists in seven games.

Brandon McMillan, a third-round pick by the Ducks in 2008, found himself on the losing end Tuesday. He finished the tournament with four goals and eight points for Team Canada, including two power-play goals.

WJC notes

Ducks defenseman prospect Luca Sbisa didn’t play, but Switzerland still notched a major upset, 3-2 against Russia at the World Junior Championships today in Saskatoon.

Sbisa is nursing an injury that’s been described alternately in reports as an abdominal injury or a hip flexor. According to Yahoo! Sports, he is out for the rest of the tournament, but is expected to represent his country in the Vancouver Olympics.

Meanwhile, Team USA defeated Finland 6-2 as Ducks draft pick Kyle Palmieri tallied his first goal of the tournament. The Americans need to beat Sweden on Sunday to advance to the gold-medal game, against either Switzerland or Canada.