Yesterday a co-worker mentioned the Oilers had invited Jared Aulin to their 2010 training camp. I thought it was pretty cool, because if the Oilers ever had an opportunity to “invite the world” to a training camp this is it. Kind of like what Buck Rodgers did with the Expos pitching staff spring 1987 when Pascual Perez, Dennis Martinez, Bob McClure, Joaquin Andujar, Lary Sorensen and others were invited to see if they could make it all the way back to the big leagues (some did, some didn’t).
Aulin is a C-W and has played in the NHL (LA before the lockout). He has endured some injuries over the years and was out of organized hockey from fall 2008 through October 2010 when he signed with Syracuse (AHL) and began the climb back to the NHL (hopefully).
Aulin scored 64gp, 16-21-37 -2 (143 shots) in his AHL comeback and would seem to be a decent bet for duty with the Oklahoma City Barons in 2010-11. I like the move: no risk at all, and possibly a useful player for the minor league team. He’s 28 and you never know. Gregg Drinnan has the story, he usually does.