Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Team USA standout and Guelph Storm pick Kyle Palmieri has signed a three-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks. The Montvale, New Jersey native was selected by the Storm in the 6th round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection. Last summer, Palmieri was chosen in the 1st round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Ducks, only picks after Storm centre Peter Holland was also taken by Anaheim.
Notre Dame’s loss could be the Guelph Storm’s gain.
Right wing Kyle Palmieri, who was one of Team USA’s top playmakers during its world junior triumph in January, is done with college hockey after signing with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.
The 2009 first-round draft choice’s rights are held by the Storm, who finished seventh in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference last season. For what it is worth, the Storm seem to have done well adding U.S. players; coach-GM Jason Brooks had three Americans in his lineup last season and earlier this summer signed 17-year-old goalie Garret Sparks, a Chicago native.
It is too early to speculate what Palmieri could add for Guelph, since it’s not automatic he would end up in a Storm uniform. Guelph does boast a decent returning core, led by fellow 19-year-old right wing Taylor Beck (42 goals, 93 points last season).
A one-and-done NCAA player such as Palmieri or Montreal Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc, who signed with the Montreal Juniors late last week, can go to the AHL or ECHL as a 19-year-old, a key difference from a Canadian Hockey League player, who has to return to junior if he doesn’t make the NHL. The question really becomes what level is the best fit for Palmieri, whom Anaheim selected 26th overall in the 2009 NHL draft.