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Depleted Avs pluck Palushaj off waivers from Montreal

Feb 5, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

Aaron Palushaj

Desperate for depth up front, Colorado claimed forward Aaron Palushaj off waivers from Montreal on Tuesday.

Palushaj, 23, has spent all of this season with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton, notching 10 points in 21 games before being sidelined by a shoulder injury.

He’s appeared in 41 career contests for the Habs, scoring one goal and four assists.

The Avalanche have been decimated by injuries to their forwards this season, so the pickup makes sense. Steve Downie is out for the year with a torn ACL, Gabriel Landeskog is sidelined indefinitely with a head injury and winger David Jones missed Monday’s contest against Dallas with a knee issue.

Add in the fact that Colorado’s still without center Ryan O’Reilly — last year’s leading scorer is embroiled in a contract dispute — and the team is essentially without four of its top nine forwards from a year ago.

Palushaj was a big-time scorer collegiate level and a point-a-game guy with Hamilton in 2011-12 (35PTS in 35GP), so he could play on one of Colorado’s top three lines and see some occasional powerplay time.

  1. jernster21 - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Anyone know anything about this kid to provide any insight on what we’re getting?

    • Mike Halford - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Hey, just added a bit of bio on Palushaj at the end there. He’s offensively inclined, but his NHL resume is too small to say what he’ll translate to in the bigs.

      • jernster21 - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Thanks Mike.

  2. elvispocomo - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Skilled player, well rounded, still only 23:

    “Talent Analysis – Palushaj boasts well-honed game all around, with a combination of hockey intelligence, speed, and work ethic. He can stickhandle and make smart passes, and isn’t afraid to fight for possession of the puck.”

    Montreal chose to keep Gallagher up and had enough depth otherwise so someone had to go.

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Seems like a solid pick-up. Now would they JUST SIGN O’REILLY?

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