Dec 16, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (rear) is congratulated by right wing Kyle Palmieri (51) and left wing Niklas Hagman (12) for scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Ducks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Kyle Palmieri Being Assigned to the AHL Is a Positive, Not a Negative

The Ducks assigned Kyle Palmieri back to the Syracuse Crunch of the American

Hockey League on Monday. However, the move was not because they were disappointed in Palmieri’s play, which is generally the case for sending a player down.

Instead, they sent him down because the Crunch are currently trying to hold onto a playoff spot, and they deemed that they could use him more. When down in the AHL, Palmieri has scored 32 goals, 23 assists and a +16 rating in 42 games. He will be huge for their playoff push.

Bob Murray has always been one to look out for his minor league teams, and this is no exception. If it were me, I’d still be kind of ticked at them for deciding to not come back to the Ducks.

Bruce Boudreau supports the decision:

“We want to make sure Syracuse makes it in the playoffs for sure,” Ducks coach Boudreau said. “We’ve got some young guys down there that we think are really good prospects. We want them to have that playoff experience.”

“We told him he did a great job here,” the coach said. ”This is not a demotion, sending him down because he didn’t do well. He did great. We saw a lot of him. He played some valuable minutes.

Palmieri has stepped his game up lately, even scoring his first two goal game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 14th. In 18 games, he has 4 goals and 3 assists. His performance has definitely improved while playing under Boudreau. That is no surprise, seeing as Boudreau is known for bringing prospects to their full potential.

Go get em Palmieri!

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