The Habs managed to spoil Winnipeg's huge "homecoming party", but lost Michael Cammalleri in the process and as a result, have recalled forward Aaron Palushaj from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. Cammalleri, who is expected to miss the next two weeks with a lower body injury, managed to score the first goal in last night's game, and the first goal against the returning Jets team.
The 22 year old Palushaj was acquired by the Habs through a trade with the St. Louis Blues. He was called up for three games last season but returned to Hamilton with a +1 record and 2 penalty minutes. While he remained absent from the scoresheet, he did show glimpses of his talent and energy and registered 3 shots on goal along with 3 hits. During his short journey to Montreal last season, he played an average of 08:31 of icetime.
The 6' foot, 183lbs forward informed the media at the time of his assignment to the Bulldogs after the pre-season that he intends to improve and return back to the big club and follow in the footsteps of Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais. He registered one goal and three assists in five preseason games with the Canadiens.
Last season with the Bulldogs, Palushaj appeared in 68 games and scored 22 goals for a total of 57 points. He also recorded one assist in the Bulldogs opening game this season against the Rochester Americans on October 8th.
There is no indication whether Palushaj will be part of the lineup when the Habs meet the Calgary Flames in their home opener this coming Thursday at the Bell Center