07/12/2012 8:28 AM
MONTREAL, QC – Montreal Canadiens Executive Vice President and General Manager Marc Bergevin announced the signing of forward Aaron Palushaj to a one-year, two-way contract.
Palushaj, 22, finished third on the Bulldogs in points in 2011-2012 with 35 (15 goals, 20 assists), while also collecting seven powerplay goals, six game-winning goals, 115 shots on goal and 35 penalty minutes. The 5’11”, 187-pound forward played 38 games for the Canadiens recording five points (one goal, four assists), 37 shots on goal and eight penalty minutes. Palushaj tallied his first-career NHL point on February 5 against the Winnipeg Jets and scored his first-career NHL goal on March 17 against the New York Islanders.
Palushaj ranks 20th all-time in ‘Dogs history with 102 points (40 goals, 62 assists) in 121 games over three seasons. In four total seasons in the AHL with the Peoria Rivermen and Hamilton Bulldogs, the native of Livonia, Michigan has registered 126 points (47 goals, 79 assists) in 169 games. Palushaj played 82 games for the University of Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association from 2007-2009 notching 94 points (23 goals, 71 assists). Palushaj also played for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League from 2005-2007 posting 100 points (32 goals, 68 assists) in 114 games.
Palushaj was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Matt D’Agostini on March 3, 2010, after being originally selected by the Blues in the second round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 44th overall.
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