To be honest, I'd prefer we had some other than Ryan at the point, because I'd prefer Ryan in Selanne's spot on the 2nd unit... however, I have to acknowledge that Ryan can do more than that, and the 2nd unit will probably need him to do more than that. So, maybe Ryan on the half wall, and Palmieri in that spot instead. Palmieri has a real nice release, and a real nose for the net.
Palmieri would do well in that spot, as you mentioned his with quick release and I think he picks his spots really well. It'll be interesting if the coaching staff runs the second unit the same way as the first this year. On last season's second unit we saw a lot of dump it in, get possession, immediately give it to the D and crash the net. Very little actual puck possession time. Maybe it was out of a lack of pure shooters up front. Palmieri helps there.
It has to be a conditioning stint. I don't think it's likely Fasth reports to Norfolk if that wasn't the case. Nor does it make sense to sign a 30 year old only to send him to the AHL to steal icetime from Andersen/Bobkov.
Likely, the Ducks wasn't going to start Fasth any earlier than january 26th anyways when the team plays back-to-back. Deslauriers can back up Hiller until then. The only chance he sees time while Fasth is in Norfolk is if Hiller gets injured, or if Hiller plays like garbage and the game is already lost. In the meantime, Fasth gets a couple of games in his legs after having been injured, and be ready to go when Hiller is getting a night off.