OTTAWA – The Ottawa Jr. Senators have signed defenseman Malcolm Palmer who played with the Ohio Blue Jackets U18 Hockey Club last season. The native of Westerville, Ohio, scored four goals and registered 13 assists in 34 games for the Jackets last season.
Head Coach and General Manager Martin Dagenais believes Palmer has the potential to be a very good two-way defenseman in the CCHL.
“He moves the puck extremely well. He’s only 5’9 but he’s a good skater, and he’s a tough kid. He’ll have to adjust to the pace early on, but once he does, he’ll be real good.”
For Palmer, choosing Ottawa was an easy decision.
“I chose to play for Ottawa because of the reputation of the coaching staff, and the fact that the facility that they play in suits my style of play. I also got to meet some of the players when I practiced with them back in March, and they’re all good guys. The CCHL is all about speed and skill, and that’s two of my best attributes. I think both the team and the league are a perfect fit for me.”
Palmer understands that he is coming to a team that stresses team defence. However, he does take pride in the intangibles that he brings to the table.
“I play with a lot of intensity. I will work as hard as I can in both games and practices. I also think I’ll be able to put up points on the board, and help my team win hockey games.”
Palmer will report to Ottawa on Sunday, August 19th for the start of main camp. Regular season opens on Saturday, September 1st.