Michigan sophomore forward Aaron Palushaj signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues on Friday, foregoing his junior and senior seasons with the Wolverines.
Palushaj, a Northville native, was a second-round draft pick (44th overall) of the Blues in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6-foot, 195-pound right wing racked up 23 goals and 71 assists for 94 points in 82 games. He earned CCHA All-Rookie Team honorable mention as a freshman, posting a 10-34-44 line in 43 games. During his sophomore season, he accumulated a 13-37-50 line in 39 games en route to receiving All-CCHA first-team recognition. Palushaj's 50 points this season led the Wolverines and were tied for fourth in the country. His 37 assists also led U-M and were tied for second nationally.
Internationally, Palushaj played for Team USA at the IIHF 2009 World Junior Championship in Ottawa. He had two goals and three assists as the U.S. finished fifth in the tournament.
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