’Dogs’ Engquist, Palushaj ride the hockey shuttle

Centre Andreas Engqvist has been recalled from Hamilton to Montreal, while right wing Aaron Palushaj has been assigned to the Bulldogs.

Engqvist, 23, played in two games with the National Hockey League’s Canadiens earlier in the season but was held pointless. In 62 games with the Bulldogs in 2010-11, the 6-foot-4, 197-pound centre has registered 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and 16 penalty minutes. He has collected 122 shots on goal and maintained a +8 rating. The native of Stockholm, Sweden was signed as a free agent by Montreal on July 13, 2009.

Palushaj, 21, ranks third with the American Hockey League’s ‘Dogs in points with 44 (17 goals, 27 assists) in 57 games this season. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound right winger is tied for first on the team with a +15 rating while recording 134 shots and 30 penalty minutes. Palushaj played his first three NHL games with Montreal but was held pointless after being recalled on March 16.

The native of Northville, Michigan was drafted in the second round, 44th overall by the St. Louis Blues at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Palushaj was acquired from the Blues on March 2, 2010, in return for Matt D’Agostini.

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday, March 25 when they travel to Rockford to battle the IceHogs for an 8:05 p.m. game.