Saturday, May 26, 2007

Palms of a Goal Scorer

Nick Palmieri
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Country: USA
Position: RW
League: OHL
Team: Erie Otters
Height: 6'3''
Weight: 215
Shoots: Right
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Scouting Report: The Otter’s big, power winger from Clinton, New York is an instinctive goal scorer .. finally getting tested and playing good competition after being a dominant player against his peers in the Northeast US .. has a big frame standing at six foot three inches and carries 215 pounds .. owns soft hands and is good at protecting the puck well with his reach and frame .. an average skater all around but uses short bursts that make him dangerous on the rush .. darts in and out of lanes looking to fire when given the room .. an intuitive forward in the offensive zone .. reads his linemates well and is usually the one who finishes their pretty passing plays .. scored a beautiful goal to finish off an even prettier display of passing with linemates Skellett and Geoffrey .. drives to the net and is quite a load to handle .. not the loudest checker but does not mind bodying guys off of pucks .. could get nastier but has talent you do not want sitting in the box .. is a reliable winger who returns to his own zone and helps his defense out though he may be slow to react at times .. plays on the penalty kill .. the type of forward who will not stand out much during the game until he scores .. absolutely needs to improve skating and conditioning along with showing he can dish the puck atleast half as good as he snipes it .. Palmieri will be the type of pick a team will hope their conditioning coach can mold and develop into an NHL player.
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2006-2007 Regular Season Stats
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56 games 24 goals 21 assists 45 points -24 99 PIM
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Draft Day Status/Projection: Palmieri is a project pick whose size and goal scoring ability cannot go unnoticed. With that said, DraftBuzz is wary of his quiet presence on the ice and is not entirely sure just yet if that is a worrying concern or a positive quality. We rank him in the 65-75 range, and think he will go somewhere in the mid second round-late third round range on draft day.
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(photo courtesy of www.ottershockey.com)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Watched Nick play in Boston Pre-Draft 2 weeks ago against my son's team. He turned a 3-1 game around in the last 5 minutes of the semifinal by scoring 3 goals. He was like a man playing with boys.