And Devils GM Ray Shero is hoping that Palmieri's age and speed will be a helpful addition to his squad.
“He's at the right age, No. 1,” Shero said. “He's an NHL player. He plays with speed. He's a strong kid. He can really shoot the puck. It's hard to find players like that. Anaheim's got a lot of depth up front, especially on the right side and some other kids coming. So, we're, hopefully, taking advantage of that and, hopefully, it's going to be good for both teams – Anaheim getting a draft pick and us getting a player that's going to play for us next year.”
Although, while Palmieri played in the Ducks' top two lines at times, Shero wasn't quick to assume that he'll be a top six forward right away with his new team
“I don't really like to label guys,” Shero said when asked if Palmieri is a top six forward. “Guys play up and down the lineup. I think it's more of the style of play we're looking for and it will make us a better team all around, a deeper team all around playing the right way at the right age. That extra pick Lou (Lamoriello) had gotten in the (Jagr) trade really came in handy. That was real beneficial for us.”