Kyle Palmieri was the first player Ray Shero acquired in a trade after being named the Devils’ general manager in 2015 and he’s been one of the club’s most consistent goal scorers in franchise history.
There are only four current players who have been part of the franchise for longer, but Palmieri’s time with the Devils has ended. He was traded Wednesday night to the Islanders along with Travis Zajac for the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2021, a conditional fourth-round pick in 2022 and minor-league forwards Mason Jobst and A.J. Greer.
Here’s what the Islanders can expect to get from Palmieri.
Palmieri spent most of his time with New Jersey as a first-line right wing and fixture on the top power-play unit. He scored at least 24 goals in each of his five full seasons with New Jersey. The only players to score at least that many goals in more than five years for the Devils are Patrik Elias and John MacLean, who did it seven times.
When the Devils reached the postseason in 2018, Palmieri spent part of the season skating next to league MVP Taylor Hall and rookie center Nico Hischier on one of the most productive lines the franchise has formed since the glory days.