Transaction Wednesdays are always fun.
Scope will once again be the home to an Anaheim Ducks conditioning stint, this time for forward Kyle Palmieri. The Notre Dame product and former first round pick has missed all of this season with an ankle injury sustained during offseason training. Anaheim is using the same approach they used with Bryan Allen, giving Palmieri a chance to get to game speed in the AHL before stepping in to a contributing role at the NHL level.
Palmieri projected to provide a depth scoring role for the Ducks this year. Last season was the winger’s first full-fledged NHL campaign, where he put up 31 points in 71 games. Ads fans are familiar with Palmieri for the lockout-shortened season, where he managed to rack up 25 points in in 33 games before spending the rest of the year with the Ducks. Norfolk will hopefully benefit from the two games Palmieri will play this weekend. Goal scoring is a bit of a concern this year, when you consider that Shea Thedore is tied for third in goals in five games played. If I had to guess, Palmieri will most likely be on the opposite wing of Nic Kerdiles this weekend. Like Bryan Allen, Palmieri should play both games this weekend before returning to the Ducks.
marc cantin called up
Norfolk’s defense is quite thin as a result of the injuries in Anaheim. Jesse Blacker, Kevin Gagne, Nathan McIver, Brendan Bell, and Andrew O’Brien make up the current defensive corps. Problem: that’s one short of a full lineup. Management has looked to Utah and has brought up minor league veteran Marc Cantin. A participant at this year’s Admirals camp, Cantin has played 10 games and put up 4 points for the Grizzlies. Cantin is most recognizable for his time with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he spent parts of the past three seasons. He is not a point-scoring defenseman. Rather, he’s a tough nosed guy much in the vein of another former Sound Tiger, Nathan McIver. Cantin may not play if things get better in Anaheim. Mat Clark may be sent back to Norfolk before the end of the week, providing a steady presence of the blue line. If Cantin plays, he must be sound and keep the puck out of the Admirals zone.