Colorado Avalanche
Aaron Palushaj
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AaronPalushaj
POSITION: Right Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 187
BIRTHDATE: 09/07/1989
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.

2011-12 SEASON
Split the season between Montreal and its American Hockey League affiliate in Hamilton…Appeared in 38 games for the Canadiens, tallying a goal and four assists…Was recalled by Montreal for the final time on Feb. 27 and spent the rest of the year in the NHL…Registered his first career NHL point with an assist on Feb. 5 vs. Winnipeg…Scored his first NHL goal on March 17 vs. NY Islanders…Ranked third on the Hamilton Bulldogs in goals (15) and points (35) while ranking fourth in assists (20)…Shared the team lead in game-winning goals with six, which placed him ninth in the AHL…Tied for third on Hamilton in power play goals with seven.

CAREER

Is Hamilton's all-time leader in post-season points with 31 (9 goals, 22 assists) and is tied for all-time post-season assists with 22.  2010-11:  Shared the team lead in assists (35) and ranked second in goals (22) and points (57)…Tied for fifth on the Bulldogs in playoff scoring with 12 points (2g/10a)…Tied for second on the club in plus/minus with a +5 rating. 2009-10: Split the season between Peoria and Hamilton of the American Hockey League…Appeared in 44 games for the Rivermen (5g/17a) before being traded from St. Louis to Montreal on March 2…Went on to dress in 18 regular-season games and 19 playoff contests with the Hamilton Bulldogs.  2008-09: Was named to the CCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West First All-American Team as a sophomore at the University of Michigan…Led the Wolverines in assists and points, both of which also led the CCHA…Finished third nationally in assists and tied for fourth in scoring…Played with Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, earning two goals and three assists. 2007-08: Ranked third on Michigan with 44 points (10g/34a) in helping the Wolverines to the CCHA championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four…Led the CCHA with 34 assists.  2006-07: Ranked second on the Des Moines Buccaneers in scoring with 67 points (22g/45a)…Participated in the 2007 USHL All-Star Game. 2005-06: Helped Des Moines capture the 2006 Clark Cup championship…Had six points (2g/4a) in 11 playoff contests.
 
PERSONAL LIFE
Grew up in Michigan…His father, Tom, emigrated from Albania at the age of thirteen.