Palmer spent the 2005-06 season with the USNTDP-U18. In 47 games played, he recorded a 29-14 record with a 2.57 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
Invited to Lake Placid in August 2006 to try out for the 2007 WJC team. August 2006 feature on Palmer.
2007-08: Palmer received an honorable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team during the 2006-07 season but failed to build on this performance in 2007-08. He posted a record of 10-19-4 with a 3.12 GAA and a .888 save percentage.
2008-09: Not in a starting position.
Talent AnalysisA strong skater with good balance and flexibility. At 6’1, 205 lbs, he has good size and plays in a low crouch butterfly stance; he’s also very good at covering the lower portion of the net and is very quick in his lateral movements, which allows him to stay square to the shooter. His quickness and reactions are very impressive for a goalie his size. Palmer also displays on-ice intelligence, as he does a good job of reading and following the play and is hardly caught out of position.
Emulating his idol Martin Brodeur, Palmer is smart at handling the puck and making good decisions when moving the puck up to his forwards or leaving it for his defense. Palmer always comes out of his net to challenge shooters and cut down the angle and is not afraid to use his poke check. He is a very focused and determined competitor who never gives up on a play, and his mental toughness helps him thrive in big-game situations. Palmer uses his frame and strength to his advantage when fighting to gain proper position and recover any loose pucks in his crease when there is traffic in front of the net.
The main knocks on Palmer have to do with his heavy reliance upon his natural reflexes, instead of sound positioning. As a result, he will sometimes try to do way too much and wastes a lot of motion; he must learn that a save is a save, whether it looks flashy or routine.