Rumoured to be on the block, 22 years old. Big body, trade for upside. Out of Toronto due to numbers game.
i think aulie has a future in the nhl.. and he is cheap and young... but where is his upside? i think he has been exposed that he cant move the puck
boston had a guy that reminded me a bit of aulie in the form of milan jurcina.. late pick who surprised everyone with some rapid development after his draft day... huge szie but doesnt play tough...
when boston dealt jurcina he was worth only a 4th round pick. He will probably manage to bounce around the nhl 3-4 more years i guess but he is never going to be worth more then like a 4th-6th round pick cause if you got him on your team you know you suck.
when you look at toronto's depth chart on defense... aulie doesnt really seem to have much future. so i wont be shocked if he gets moved. the sooner the better before he gets proven to be a second coming of milan jurcina.
if he could be tossed into a deal with a pick to bring back an upgrade for the second line... thats about the best toronto could hope for imo
We wouldn't want a pick for him, that wouldn't make sense as it would definitely not be a first. We'd want a player in return. I've suggested it before, Aulie for Josh Bailey. I think that's a pretty even deal. I'd still prefer holding onto him, give him a little more time to develop and he could be a monster shutdown guy. He's already a very big, strong kid.
People are overvaluing Aulie in this thread, he won't get a Bailey, and along with a 2nd, the value still isn't there for hemsky. He's big, a good skater and when he is angry enough, he can hold himself pretty well in a fight. He still needs to mature into his body, and when he does, I think he could be a valuable 5-6 defenseman to any team.
All because he is 6-4 does not mean he is that good and just when did he become worth a first rounder
Firstly, he's 6'6".
I never said he is "that good". I just feel that he's nice to have as a depth guy and could still develop into a pretty good d-man. So, if a second round pick (which doesn't particularly help us now) is the most we can get, we should hold onto him.
Enormous, good skater, and can hold his own in a tilt.... If this guy ever learns to put it all together, then he'd be a pretty rare commodity in this league. With his value being pretty low, I'd like to see him in the minors for the remainder of the season, before giving him one more look in training camp next year. Hate to give up on him this soon.
With that being said, maybe buffalo should try to acquire him, with there season almost down the tubes, they have the luxury of patience, and can let him play with his wj partner myers, if everything pans out, then that's one incredibly mobile pairing with a enormous wingspan to boot.
6'6 shut down defenseman? Name the guy thats in your teams prospect pool that fits this description and ill let you know if your comment holds any merrit
Not quite that tall, but the Oilers have Teubert (6'4, 200 pounds) and Plante (6"4, 230 pounds), two physical shut down d-men, plus Peckham (6'2, 235 pounds) on the main roster. Three physical, young, shut down d-men in the system equals no need for Keith Aulie (6'6, 217 pounds). If the best thing you can say about him is that he is 6'6, then you don't have much of an argument regarding his value.
I didn't mention our pair of d-men that are 6'4 and 6'5 and still in junior either.