To call it a slow start would be an understatement for Kyle Palmieri’s time with the New York Islanders. With 15 games under his belt as a member of the Islanders, he has just three points (1 goal, 2 assists) to his name.
April 11, 12 games ago, was the one time he scored and it was on the power play. At 5v5, he’s had a tough go of it in New York. According to Natural Stat Trick, he’s got a GF% of 33.33, a SCF% of 42.14, and a HDCF% of 46.3.
He hasn’t had the impact the Islanders were hoping for, and that’s becoming more and more abundantly clear with each passing day. The unfortunate part, is the other big-name trade deadline acquisitions are thriving.
Taylor Hall: 14 games – 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists)
Anthony Mantha: 11 games – 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists)
Jakub Vrana: 9 games – 7 points (6 goals, 1 assist)
Jeff Carter: 13 games – 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists)
Nick Foligno: 5 games – 4 points (0 goals, 4 assists)
Looking around the league, you see all these high-profile guys producing for their new teams. I mean Taylor Hall was basically nonexistent in Buffalo and he’s been almost a point per game player in Boston.
Look at 36-year-old Jeff Carter. He scored four goals last night and has eight in 13 games as a member of the Penguins. Don’t you feel left out of the fun watching these guys?
Meanwhile, Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac have combined for five points in 27 games between the two of them. It’s brutal.
Sure, maybe the playoffs come and they turn it on. It’s happened before but so far it looks like the Isles sent a first-round pick on fire. Both Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac have to be better, they’d be the first to admit that too.
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For what it’s worth, in his career Palmieri is a .39 ppg player in the playoffs while Zajac is a .49 ppg player.