"When you think of the history of this organization, it's not known for bringing in young guys and giving them a chance to play," said Palmieri, 21, who scored nine goals in 42 games, called up from Albany of the AHL soon after Lemaire returned. "We had a lot of young guys playing regularly. It was the best way to learn. I know nothing is etched in stone, but this gives me a leg up on next year."
"Obviously it's a big piece missing. I think all that being said, guys are going to get more opportunity," forward Nick Palmieri said. "More guys need to step up in order to fill that void, even though a player like that it's hard to fill that void that he leaves when he's not in the lineup. But we just need kind of a more consistent team effort rather than relying on him to create more offense."