Keith Aulie is a monster on skates—6.06, 228—and has played 136 NHL games. Drafted 101 picks after Alex Plante in 2007, Aulie has some famous items in his back story. For instance, he was part of the Phaneuf to Toronto trade (with Phaneuf) and there was a time when both Toronto and Tampa Bay thought a lot of him.
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- Keith Aulie on joining the Oilers: “I’ve played a little bit now and watched enough hockey to know that I can contribute in this league and I can be an asset for a team, especially like the Oilers. I think that was the biggest factor coming here, getting an opportunity to show what I can do, because I know I can do it.”
- The Hockey News on Keith Aulie: Has a calm demeanor, and usually makes the safe play. Skates very well for a big man. There’s also upside here as a physical blueliner. Displays a little all-around ability, as well. Can log big minutes. Doesn’t use his size enough. Needs to improve his coordination, game-to-game consistency and decision-making with the puck in order to make an impact at the NHL level.
- You don’t see him as a regular? No.
- Who is in front of him? For sure: Mark Fayne, Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry, Nikita Nikitin, Andrew Ference.
- Who else might be in front of him? Martin Marincin, Klefbom and I suspect Darnell Nurse will get 9 games.
- Where does Aulie fit opening night? Probably in the press box, maybe on IR and possibly on waivers/OKC.
- There’s lots of drama for training camp? The obvious (Fayne-Schultz-Petry-Nikitin-Ference-Marincin-Aulie PB) is the smart bet currently. I think there’s a good chance Nurse gets his 9, meaning they’ll IR someone or choose between Marincin and Aulie. Either way, I think Aulie spends over half the season as the No. 7.