Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Aaron Palushaj called up
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11-09-2011, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by holyhabs87 View Post
Exactly. What the hell was he going to do playing with Darchebag and Engqvist? He is an offensive player not a grinder or energy guy.

Now I hope he doesn't play at all and AK goes tomorrow but if not, he has to play with Eller. Darche better stay on the 4th line, the guy has one scoring chance this entire season.
He'll play the 5 minutes Montreal might need him to play on the wing at even strength better than anyone else in Hamilton. That's why he's up, to be a warm body if they need him, so they bring up the best player on the Bulldogs as he's the least likely to play terribly and cost the team. Plus at 22 and near the end of his AHL apprenticeship its not that bad of an idea to see how he plays at the NHL level in a limited role.

Role and type of player have nothing to do with it. He hasn't shown himself to be a better option for top-nine play than Moen or even Darche (who has been a fairly decent 3rd/4th line depth offensive player in Montreal) yet so why throw him to the wolves? Playing against 4th liners and he still has a chance of winning the matchup, that's not likely playing on Eller's line which plays against much better players.

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