Isles claim Keith Aucoin off waivers
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01-17-2013, 01:53 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Hershey, PA
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I know people are writing the Aucoin pickup off as nothing more than a depth signing, but he had 106 pts with Hershey in 2010...
He was Hershey's center on the first line with Andrew Gordon and Graham Mink, arguably the most dominant AHL first line ever in that championship season three years ago.
I've seen more of Aucoin than probably any other player with his time in Hershey the past few years. He had an extended stint with Washington at the end of last season and into the playoffs. Don't write him off as just another mediocre waiver wire pickup. He was the victim of a deep Washington roster and finally got his shot because of all the injury problems they had late last year. He is very quick, sound defensively, and an excellent passer. Most of those 106 points he had in 2010 were assists.
He's a fan favorite everywhere he goes. People in Hershey love him; they were heartbroken when he left after last year and he gets a standing ovation whenever the Marlies play here. A very honest, hard-working player. His size is the main thing holding him back. I think he will be a lock for our third or fourth line center. I'm personally very happy to see the Islanders picked him up and I'm sure he will be happy to get a legitimate shot at cracking an NHL roster for an extended period of time as well.
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