Cage Match: Kyle Palmieri vs. Gabriel Landeskog

Rick Roos


It’s time for yet another battle between players with similar projections in the Fantasy Guide (which is still available for order here). This time it’s Kyle Palmieri, coming off his third straight season with a full season scoring pace of 54 to 58 points, against Gabriel Landeskog, who reversed a several season trend of diminishing points by tallying 62 in 2017-18. Who’s the better own this season and down the road? Cage Match is on the case and starts now!

Career Path and Contract Status

Landeskog, 25, was drafted second overall in 2011 and went straight to the NHL, where he posted a very respectable 52 points as a rookie. In his next full season (2013-14) he upped his total to 65, and poolies envisioned him on the fast track to stardom. Little did they know at the time, however, that Landeskog would amazingly see his point total drop in each of the next three seasons, first to 59, then 52, then all the way to 33 in 2016-17. But as alluded to above, last season he – like other Avs – reignited, and his scoring climbed all the way back to 62 points, with 18 of those points coming in his final 21 games.

Palmieri, 27, was selected 26th overall in 2009 and played one year of college hockey before jumping into the pro ranks. Despite 134 points in 146 AHL games, Palmieri couldn’t find a home in the Ducks’ line-up until 2013-14. Once in the NHL, he didn’t take things by storm, with less than point per every other game output through his first two seasons (60 points in 128 games). But all that changed once he was traded to his hometown Devils, with whom he posted 57 points in 2015-16 and 53 in 2016-17. Last season he played only 62 games, yet his full season scoring pace was 58 points and he too finished strong, amassing 30 of his 44 points in his final 41 games.

Both players are signed through 2020-21, with Landeskog’s cap hit ($5.571M) being nearly 25 percent more than Palmieri’s ($4.65M). Both will be UFAs upon the expiration of their current deals.

Ice Time


Total Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)

PP Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)

SH Ice Time per game

(rank among team’s forwards)


20:09 (G.L.) – 1st

17:19 (K.P.) – 4th

3:35 (G.L.) – 3rd