The Canadiens, facing Buffalo, Boston and Washington this week, added size to their lineup with the promotion of centre Andreas Engqvist Monday. At the same time, Aaron Palushaj was returned to Hamilton after .
Engqvist has gained a reputation for being a strong defensive player who uses his 6’4” – 200 pound to full effect in the American Hockey League. Engqvist played two games with the Canadiens in late January without a point In both games he was used on a checking line with Travis Moen and Ryan White and paired as a penalty killer with Brian Gionta.
Scouting reports say Engqvist has offensive talent. However, in his rookie year in North America, it’s the defensive side of his game that has caught the eye of his coaches.
In Hamilton, Engqvist carried a plus-8 rating.
From the Canadiens Publicity Department –
The Montreal Canadiens announced today that centreman Andreas Engqvist has been recalled from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, while right winger Aaron Palushaj has been assigned to Hamilton.
The 6’04’’, 197 lbs centreman, aged 23, suited up for two games with the Canadiens this season, including his first NHL contest on January 21 at Ottawa. Engqvist was held pointless, while recording one shot on goal, two hits and three blocked shots and averaging 10:25 minutes of ice time per game.
Engqvist appeared in 62 games with the Bulldogs this season, registering 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists). Two of his goals were scored on the power play. He has collected 122 shots on goal, maintained a +8 plus/minus differential and served 16 penalty minutes.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Engqvist signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 13, 2009.
The 21 year old Palushaj suited up for the Canadiens’ last three games, including his first career NHL game, on March 17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre. Palushaj was held pointless, recording three shots on goal and three hits, while playing an average of 8:31 minutes per game.
Palushaj, 21, ranks third on the Bulldogs with 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 57 games this season. Five of
his goals have been tallied on the power play. The 5’11’’ and 177 lbs right winger is tied for first on the Bulldogs with a +15 plus/minus differential. He has registered 134 shots on goal and served 30 penalty minutes.
A native of Northville, Michigan, Palushaj was the St. Louis Blues’ fifth pick (second round, 44th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from the Blues on March 2, 2010, in return for Matt D’Agostini.