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Aaron Palushaj

#17 Aaron Palushaj

Position Right Wing
Height 5'11"
Weight 187
Shoots Right
Born Sept. 7, 1989
Birthplace Livonia, MI
Hometown Northville, MI
Drafted STL 2007 (2nd, 44th)

Career Statistics

        Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League   GP G A PTS PIM   GP G A PTS PIM
2005-06 Des Moines USHL   58 10 23 33 53   11 2 4 6 15
2006-07 Des Moines USHL   56 22 45 67 62   8 6 5 11 6
2007-08 Michigan NCAA   43 10 34 44 22   - - - - -
2008-09 Michigan NCAA   39 13 37 50 26   - - - - -
  Peoria AHL   4 2 0 2 4   4 0 1 1 2
2009-10 Peoria AHL   44 5 17 22 22   - - - - -
  Hamilton AHL   18 3 7 10 8   19 2 10 12 28
2010-11 Hamilton AHL   68 22 35 57 42   19 7 12 19 14
  Montreal NHL   3 0 0 0 2   - - - - -
2011-12 Hamilton AHL   35 15 20 35 35   - - - - -
  Montreal NHL   38 1 4 5 8   - - - - -
2012-13 Hamilton AHL   21 7 3 10 18   - - - - -
  Colorado NHL   25 2 7 9 8   - - - - -
2013-14 Charlotte AHL   68 22 36 58 80   - - - - -
  Carolina NHL   2 0 0 0 0   - - - - -
   
AHL TOTALS   258 76 118 194 209   42 9 23 32 44
NHL TOTALS   68 3 11 14 18   - - - - -
PRO TOTALS   326 79 129 208 227   42 9 23 32 44

Biography

Aaron Palushaj
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina on 7/10/13.

Personal

A Michican native, he grew up rooting for the Detroit Red Wings and Steve Yzerman and still supports the Detroit Tigers and the University of Michigan's football team … He enjoys playing poker and golf in his free time… Began playing hockey at the age of 8 and works with charities The Big Assist and the Marty Lyons Foundation with fellow hockey players Ryan Shannon and Cam Atkinson … He says his biggest talents outside of hockey are "too many to list" ... His favorites include the movie Remember the Titans, the TV show Suits and steak dinners ... His favorite band is The Lumineers.

2013-14

Finished his fifth professional season and first with the Checkers … Ranked third on the team in goals (22), assists (36) and points (58) … Tied for 19th in AHL scoring … His point and assist totals each topped his previous career highs, set with Hamilton in the 2010-11 season, by one, while his goal and games played totals (68) tied his career highs set that same season … Led the team and tied for fourth in the AHL with six game-winning goals … Ranked second on the team in power-play assists (17) and third in power-play points (22) … Set new career highs with 180 shots on goal and 80 penalty minutes … Ranked second on the team with three shootout goals in just four attempts, including one game winner … Made his Checkers debut in the opening-night win at OKC (10/4) … Had a three-point night, including his first goal, the game-winner, and first two assists as a Checker, in the 3-2 win at OKC (10/5) … Assisted on the Checkers' only goal in the 2-1 shootout loss at RFD (10/26) … Opened the scoring with his first power-play goal of the season at GR (10/30) … Extended his goal streak to three games (3g, 1a) and his point streak to four games (3g, 2a) with the game winner at RFD (10/31) … Posted consecutive two-assist games vs. SA on 12/10 and 12/12 … Scored in overtime for his third game-winning goal of the season vs. NOR (12/15) … Extended his point streak to four games (1g, 5a) with a helper vs. NOR (12/19) … Had his first multi-goal game and second three-point game (2g, 1a) as a Checker, fired a season-high six shots on goal and posted a season-best, plus-3 rating in the 4-3 loss at CHI (12/29) … Recalled to Carolina on 1/5, made his Hurricanes debut in that night's game vs. NSH and returned to Charlotte on 1/8 … Scored a pair of goals vs. TEX (1/18), including the eventual game winner, to mark his third multi-point game in his last four outings … Tied his season-long streak (4g total) by scoring for the third straight game, tied his season high with six shots and had the shootout winner vs. NOR (1/19) … Had a goal and an assist vs. OKC (1/24), extending his point streak to a season-long seven games (6g, 5a) … Scored 25 points (9g, 16a) in 18 games between 12/10 and 1/24 … Recalled to Carolina on 1/27, played in the next day's game at MTL and returned to Charlotte on 1/29 … Scored the game-winning goal, his fifth of the season, with 2:48 left in regulation and took a season-high 10 penalty minutes as the result of a single misconduct at LE (2/1) … Tied his career high with three assists at HER (3/2) … Assisted on Sean Dolan's winner with 46 seconds remaining in regulation at NOR (3/4) … After missing his first attempt as a Checker, scored on his third straight at SA (3/7) … Notched his 20th goal of the season, his sixth game-winner, with 8:19 remaining in regulation and added an assist at SA (3/9) … Had a goal and an assist vs. SA (3/21), giving him five multi-point outings in his last 10 games (4g, 9a total) … After appearing in each of the Checkers' first 62 games, missed eight due to injury from 3/25-4/10 … Longest point streak: 7 games (1/10-1/24: 6g, 5a) … Longest goal streak: 3 games (10/27-10/31: 3g, 1a; 1/17-1/19: 4g, 0a) … Longest assist streak: 5 games (12/21-1/2: 2g, 6a) … Multi-goal games: 2 (12/29, 1/18) … Multi-assist games: 6 (10/5, 12/10, 12/12, 12/27, 1/11, 3/2) … Multi-point games: 16 (10/5, 10/27, 11/23, 12/10, 12/12, 12/27, 12/29, 1/10, 1/11, 1/18, 1/24, 3/2, 3/7, 3/9, 3/15, 3/21).

2012-13

Split the season between Hamilton (AHL) and Colorado (NHL), establishing single-season 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 DET (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).

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).

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.

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.

2008-09

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.

College

Totaled 94 points (23g, 71a) in 82 games over two seasons at the University of Michigan ... Led the CCHA and ranked third nationally in assists (37) during his sophomore season in 2008-09 … 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 ... 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.

Junior

Ranked second among Des Moines skaters and seventh in the USHL in scoring with 67 points (22g, 45a) in 56 regular-season games in 2006-07 … 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 … Earned 33 points (10g, 23a) and was (+11) in 58 games with Des Moines in 2005-06 … Added six points (2g, 4a) in 11 postseason contests as Des Moines captured the Clark Cup as USHL champions.

International

Represented the United States at the 2009 IIHF 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 IIHF World Championship, helping the Americans earn bronze.