Never thought much of Palushaj. I just don't see him being anything more than a career AHL'er at this point. He's a guy it's really hard to find a spot for in the lineup. As noted, not good enough for a top-six role and not suited to be in the bottom-six either.
No risk by claiming him but I don't expect much to happen with him for the Avalanche.
I could see him having a similar impact on the Avs like D'Agostini on the Blues.. For 1 or 2 seasons than career AHL or europe.
Dags could be a pretty good player on a team the problem for Dags is there is no room for him in STL. The Blues have 3 second lines and a fourth line without playing dags. He has looked good in the 2 games he has played in but unless there is an injury he will never get to play every day.
In Montreal he was the type of player that fit into the category of "not good enough to be in the top 6, too good to waste in the bottom 6," which is why he spent a lot of time as a 13th forward in Montreal. He also spent a lot of time in Hamilton and did well for them, going at a PPG pace at one point. He'll get his chance with the Avs and I wish him the best. Hopefully he tears it up for you guys.
Agreed. I can only wish him good luck and hope that a change of scenery will allow him to jumpstart his career.
I think Palushaj could have an NHL career if he's converted into a defensive forward. He has good speed and dynamism, and I could see him doing well on the PK. But he just doesn't have enough offensive skills and instinct to be an offensive forward. His shot is weak, at best.
In college, Palushaj looked like a very good playmaker with high-end vision. Although I haven't seen him consistently in the pros, the games I've seen him in NHL and AHL play, he's looked decent I though, not as bad as many Habs fans seem to think he is.
But, as I said, I've seen him a limited amount recently and I was fairly high on him before he turned pro, so that may have affected my observations.