Currently the team is without forwards Gabriel Landeskog, Steve Downie and David Jones due to injury (although Jones may return for tomorrow’s contest against the Anaheim Ducks). They are also missing center Ryan O’Reilly, who remains unsigned.
To make room for Palushaj, the team placed Wilson on injured reserve. As the team was carrying eight defenseman; they will still have enough healthy bodies if both Johnson and Wilson miss Wednesday’s game.
After playing 38 contests with the Canadians last season (putting up five points), Palushaj failed to make the Habs roster following the lockout. This season, he had 10 points in 21 games with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton.
"He's a guy that's put up some good numbers in college and in the American League, but hasn't had a real good opportunity yet in the (NHL),"coach Joe Sacco said. "With the adversity we're facing right with some injuries, he gives us some more depth up front."
According to Hockey’s Future, 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.
With Sacco’s emphasis on speed, as well as diligence on the forecheck; Palushaj may be able to make an impact on the Avs right away. He will be available to play Wednesday night, if he passes his physical that morning.