Habs return Bulldogs’ top scorer

Right winger Ryan White has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs for conditioning purposes along with right winger Aaron Palushaj.

White, 23, has yet to play a game with Montreal this season due to a sports hernia suffered during the Canadiens training camp last September.

The 6-foot, 188-pound forward entered his third National Hockey League season in 2011-12. In 43 career regular season games, White has registered seven points (2 goals, 5 assists), 117 hits and 54 penalty minutes. The native of Brandon, Manitoba played 33 games for the American Hockey League’s Bulldogs in the 2010-11 season, recording 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in the regular season, and eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 13 post-season games.

In 17 games with the Canadiens this season, Palushaj notched one assist, his first career NHL point, on Sunday, Feb. 5 against the Winnipeg Jets. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound forward recorded 12 shots on goal, four blocked shots and 13 hits, while averaging 7:02 of ice time per game.

Recalled from the Bulldogs on Friday, Feb. 3, the 22-year old forward leads the ‘Dogs in scoring with 28 points (13 goals and 15 assists) in 29 games this season. The Livonia, Michigan native ranks second on the team in goals and is tied for second in power play goals (5). Palushaj has 96 shots on goal and displays a plus-two plus/minus differential.

The Bulldogs host the San Antonio Rampage Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. in a school day game at Copps Coliseum.