Thread: Confirmed with Link: [TB/OTT] Brian Lee to TB for Matt Gilroy
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03-19-2012, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Genius Brian Lawton View Post
In defense of Aulie and to avoid the idea that I blindly hate the kid, I just see someone nervous trying really hard to fit in and playing shaky because of it, chasing forwards around the boards rather than backing off and making the forward work, etc. Lots of great tools, just a really raw player. I think the blueline also looking not-so-good in Toronto last year made him look pretty good.
Aulie played big minutes and played really well last year in Toronto during the stretch where we were playing great hockey, so I wouldn't quite say that our poor blueline last year just made him good as everyone started playing well towards the end.

I think he's just a victim of the sophomore slump. Came off a great rookie season and you could definitely tell with his time in Toronto this season that he was always trying to do too much in both zones. He tried to pinch and contribute offensively, and that's just not his game. Once he learns his role he'll be a real good shutdown D man IMO.

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