Earlier this afternoon, the New Jersey Devils organization announced that Kyle Palmieri will represent the team at the 2020 NHL All Star Game. The Pride of Montvale, New Jersey will be heading to St. Louis.
This will be Palmieri’s second NHL All Star Game appearance as he participated in last year’s All Star events. But he went last year as a replacement for an injured Taylor Hall. So this is his first time in directly being named to go to this event.
Kyle Palmieri is a fitting choice. He is now the current scoring leader for the Devils with 15 goals (also the most on the team) and 12 assists. He will become the team’s shot leader as he has 91 now will only need 18 more to surpass Hall, who is now a Coyote. Palmieri has been the team’s top right winger for years and he is the most known veteran on the roster. That he is local to the area adds to his appeal. You could make a case for Nico Hischier between his improved play as of late and starting to emerge as an impact player. But I am more than fine with this decision with Palmieri’s production and how well-regarded he is among the fans. CJ’s post earlier today about Palmieri also highlights his value as one of the team’s best players since he became a Devil in 2015.
This year’s All Star Game will be in St. Louis and it will take place on January 25 with the Skills Competition being hosted on the night of January 24. Palmieri will join the other Metropolitan Division representatives as part of a 3-on-3 tourney among the other three divisions. Alex Ovechkin was selected as the leader for the Metropolitan by a fan vote but has already said he will not go. Take that, fans. We shall see later who his replacement will be in time. As for Palmieri, I expect he would go for 2020 barring any injury before it as he did last season. The NHL All Star Game and Skills Competition are among the least physical acts for a player in a season. Short of an accident, I think nothing should harm Palmieri during the weekend.
Congratulations to Palmieri for being named as the Devils’ representative for the 2020 NHL All Star Game. What is your take about this news? Does it make you more interested in the 2020 NHL All Star Game? Do you think any other Devil should have been selected either in place of Palmieri or possibly to join him? If so, who and why? Please leave your answers and other thoughts about this news in the comments. Thank you for reading.
Update: As per FrankG929 in the comments section, the NHL is holding a Last Man In vote for each division. The fans will vote for one more player to be added to each All Star team. Each NHL team has one additional representative. For the Devils, it’s Nico Hischier. Fans can begin voting as of Wednesday, January at noon either at NHL.com/vote or the NHL app. Voting closes on Friday, January 10 right before midnight. So go out there and vote for Nico around lunch time on Wednesday. Thanks to Frank for pointing it out.