Honestly, good option for the #7. On stretches where Marincin is drowning (they'll happen), he's a good left handed giant option to come in and calm the waters.
But in the last week:
Nikita Nikitin: 6'4, 223
Leon Draisaitl: 6'2, 210
Teddy Purcell: 6'3, 200
Mark Fayne: 6'4, 210
Benoit Pouliot: 6'3, 199
Keith Aulie: 6'6, 228
Mark Spector is smiling.
I'm loving this. We already have the talent, we just need size and in a matter of five days we manged to get much bigger. Only thing missing in the puzzle is a second line center, if you ask me. Nevertheless, I'm ecstatic with what Mac-Tavish has done not only in the past week, but all his moves since being our new GM.
After editing the rosters in NHL 14 to match the signings I saw that Aulie is 77 overall with 4 yellow star potential! Yeah yeah, it's just a game but that's kinda interesting to see that he might have some upside rather than just being a 7th D plug. Makes you wonder what could happen...
So MacT sure addressed size didn't he? Not a team of smurfs anymore. I'm expecting whoever we get as our 2nd line center will be big as well.
I agree. We filled the bottom six and D with size. It makes too much sense to continue that into the top six. Legwand is that guy, a veteran to boot. I bet we are in on him and it will probably be an overpay. Rumour says that many are interested.
This signing is really intriguing to me and I am not just talking about his size and skating ability for a big man.
Aulie was only 24 years old last season and he has only played 136 games to date. Not nearly enough games to get a feel for the speed of the NHL. He also missed most of the 2013/14 NHL season due to injury and a significant portion of the 2012/13 NHL season as well.
If he can stay injury free he may surprise some people as he approaches the 200 game mark of his career...this is when many dmen begin to figure things out.