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Aaron Palushaj
Aaron Palushaj
Right Wing
Number: 37
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 187
Shoots: Right
Born: Sep 7, 1989
Birthplace: Livonia, MI, United States
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 11, 2013
Drafted: STL / 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (44th overall)
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).

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60