2008-09: Palmer skated in all 41 games for Miami University as a junior as the RedHawks finished tied for second in the CCHA and reached the Frozen Four Championship game. Palmer scored 8 goals with 19 assists and was -4 with 34 PMs. He scored 7 of his 8 goals on the power play.
2009-10: Palmer signed an entry level contract with the Wild in April 2011 following his senior season at Miami. Palmer led the RedHawks in scoring and was named to the CCHA First All-Star team. He scored 18 goals with 27 assists and was +27 with 40 PMs and the RedHawks won the school's first CCHA regular season championship. Miami returned to the Frozen Four by winning the NCAA Midwest Regional.
2010-11: Palmer had a productive first pro season with the AHL's Houston Aeros – playing at a point-per-game pace for much of the first half before slowing down a bit late in the year. Skating in 65 of 80 games for the Aeros he scored 9 goals with 19 assists and was a third-best +12 with 64 PMs. He skated in all 24 playoff games in the Aeros' run to the Calder Cup finals; scoring 3 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 7 PMs. Palmer was re-signed by the WIld as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract in July 2011.
2011-12: Palmer made his NHL debut in December with the Wild and skated in six games before suffering a concussion that kept him out much of the second half of the season. He skated in 26 games with AHL Houston prior to his call-up and re-joined the Aeros in March. He had 1 goal and was minus-two with 4 penalty minutes; averaging 13:20 minutes of ice time in his tenure with the Wild. Palmer scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was plus-seven with 27 penalty minutes in 35 games for Houston. Houston finished fourth in the West Division; falling to Oklahoma City in four games in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Palmer missed all of April and did not appear in any playoff games.
A hardworking player with a good range of abilities, Palmer has an above-average release, although his other puck skills are average.
Palmer is a regular contributor at the AHL level, and played pretty well in spot duty for the Wild.