Aaron Palushaj
Aaron Palushaj
Hurricanes - Right Wing
NUMBER: 37
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
WEIGHT: 187
SHOOTS: Right
BIRTHDATE: 09/07/1989
AGE: 24
BIRTHPLACE: Livonia, MI, USA
DRAFTED: STL: 2007-44 overall
CCHA First All-Star Team (2009) NCAA West First All-American Team (2009) Traded to Montreal by St. Louis for Matt D'Agostini, March 2, 2010. Claimed on waivers by Colorado from Montreal, February 5, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 11, 2013.
2012-13 SEASON
Split the season between Hamilton (AHL) and Colorado (NHL), establishing singleseason NHL career highs in goals (2), assists (7) and points (9)… Had 10 points (7g, 3a) in 21 games for Hamilton before being acquired by Colorado on waivers on 2/5… Scored goals in each of Hamilton’s first two games… Also had goals in consecutive AHL games vs. Toronto (11/16) and at Toronto (11/17)… Attended Montreal’s training camp in January… Made his Avalanche debut vs. PHX (2/11)… Netted his first goal for Colorado at MIN (2/14)… Set single-game career highs in assists (2) and points (3) vs. NSH (2/18)… Recorded a career-high five hits at DE T (3/5)… Had assists in consecutive games vs. CHI (3/8) and vs. SJ (3/10)… Longest assist streak: 2 games (3/8-3/10: 0g, 2a)… Longest point streak: 2 games (3/8-3/10: 0g, 2a)… Multi-assist games: 1 (2/18 vs. NSH: 1g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 1 (2/18 vs. NSH: 1g, 2a).

CAREER
Is in his fourth NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Signed a one-year, twoway contract with Carolina on 7/11/13… Had totaled 14 points (3g, 11a) in 66 career NHL games with Montreal and Colorado entering 2013-14… Had played 190 games on the American Hockey League (AHL) level with Peoria and Hamilton entering 2013- 14, notching 54 goals and 82 assists (136 points)… Represented the United States at the 2009 II HF World Junior Championship, earning five points (2g, 3a) in six games… Had two points (1g, 1a) in nine games for the United States at the 2013 II HF World Championship, helping the Americans earn bronze… 2005-06: Earned 33 points (10g, 23a) and was (+11) in 58 games with Des Moines of the United States Hockey League (USHL)… Added six points (2g, 4a) in 11 postseason contests as Des Moines captured the Clark Cup as USHL champions.

2006-07: Ranked second among Des Moines skaters and seventh in the USHL in scoring with 67 points (22g, 45a) in 56 regularseason games… Participated in the 2007 USHL All-Star Game… Led the Buccaneers in playoff scoring with 11 points (6g, 5a) in eight games as Des Moines advanced to the Clark Cup semifinals.

2007-08: Ranked third among Michigan skaters with 44 points (10g, 34a) in 43 games during his freshman season… Led the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) in assists (34)… Helped Michigan capture the CCHA championship and earn a berth in the Frozen Four before falling to Notre Dame.

2008- 09: Led the CCHA and ranked third nationally in assists (37) during his sophomore season at Michigan… Ranked first in the CCHA and tied for fourth in the NCAA in scoring (50 points) in 39 games played… Was named to the CCHA First All-Star Team and the NCAA West First All-American Team… Made his professional debut at the conclusion of his college season, scoring two goals in four regular-season games for Peoria (AHL)… Played his first professional game at Quad City (4/4)… Scored his first professional goal/point at Rockford (4/10)… Had one assist in four Calder Cup playoff games as Peoria fell to Houston in the first round.

2009-10: Split his first full professional season between Peoria and Hamilton in the AHL, totaling 32 points (8g, 24a) in 62 games… Had 22 points (5g, 17a) in 44 games for Peoria prior to his trade to Montreal on 3/2… Was assigned to Hamilton by the Canadiens and earned 10 points (3g, 7a) in 18 regular-season games… Totaled 12 points (2g, 10a) in 19 Calder Cup playoff games as Hamilton advanced to the Western Conference Final before falling to Texas in seven games.

2010-11: Was tied for first among Hamilton skaters in assists (35) and ranked second on the team in goals (22) and points (57)… Also appeared in his first NHL season with Montreal, playing three games… Made his NHL debut vs. TB (3/17)… Was first among Hamilton skaters in assists (12) and second in points (19) in 19 Calder Cup playoff games as the Bulldogs advanced to the Western Conference final before falling to Houston in seven games.

2011-12: Played a career-high 38 games on the NHL level with Montreal, totaling five points (1g, 4a)… Also registered 35 points (15g, 20a) with Hamilton, ranking third among Bulldogs skaters in goals and points despite only playing 35 AHL games… Was tied for first among Hamilton skaters and tied for ninth in the AHL with six game-winning goals… Earned his first NHL point with an assist vs. WPG (2/5)… Beat Al Montoya for his first NHL goal vs. NYI (3/17).