Monday, January 27, 2014

Hurricanes recall Aaron Palushaj

Per the team release...

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Aaron Palushaj (pul-LOO-shigh) from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Palushaj will travel with the team to Montreal tonight, and he will be eligible to play in the Hurricanes’ game on Tuesday at the Bell Centre against the Canadiens.

Palushaj, 24, has played in all 41 of the Checkers’ games thus far this season, and leads the team in assists (24) and points (39). The Livonia, MI, native made his Hurricanes debut on Jan. 5, in Carolina’s 2-1 win against Nashville at PNC Arena. Palushaj (6’0”, 187 lbs.) has played in 67 career NHL regular-season games with Montreal, Colorado and Carolina, scoring three goals and earning 11 assists (14 points). The St. Louis Blues drafted Palushaj in the second round, 44th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and he signed with Carolina as a free agent on July 11, 2013.


Palushaj, who leads Charlotte with 39 points (t-7th AHL), is currently on a seven-game point streak (6g, 5a) with the Checkers. He has 25 points (9g, 16a) in his last 18 AHL games. During that time period and at least one point in 16 of those games to go along with eight multi-point outings. 

Palushaj's 24 assists rank 15th in the AHL and are at least five more than any other Charlotte skater this season. His 14 goals rank second on the team behind his roommate Zach Boychuk (18).

Checkers forwards Brandon Woods  (out since Jan. 17 with lower body injury) and Sean Dolan (out since Dec. 1 with an upper body injury) were full participants in Monday's practice and could be back in the lineup when Charlotte plays at Norfolk on Tuesday night.

Should Woods and Dolan both be unable to go, the Checkers would be short a forward and may look to the ECHL for a call-up.   

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