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06-26-2012, 08:55 AM
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At the time of the trade, size up front was a way bigger need. Aulie obviously provides the type of D that we're really missing both right now and likely long-term. We have a ton of guys who are great with the puck, great skaters, high hockey IQ, etc. But not too many physical defensive defencemen.

But Ashton could be great too. I love the idea of having size in guys like JVR/Kulemin/Ashton/Frattin on our wings for our future. I think physical defenders are easier to acquire than physical scoring wingers, so (assuming Ashton pans out) it's a good move.

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