Keith Aulie has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Carter Ashton. This is a bit of an interesting trade from both sides as the Lightning seem to be stockpiling defensemen today while the Leafs pick up a solid young right wing prospect in Ashton.
Aulie is obviously a big, hulking defenseman with the capability to develop into a quality shutdown guy for the Lightning. In fact, I’d be really interested to see how Aulie fairs in the Guy Boucher system playing next to a guy like Victor Hedman or Eric Brewer which could form a solid pair.
In Ashton the Leafs are getting a gritty, high end prospect from Tampa Bay who will bring some goal scoring to the Leafs system. Basically he is a prototypical “Burke” type of player at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds with skill and plenty of speed.
All in all this is a positive trade for both squads, though I’ll give a slight edge to the Leafs on this one on getting a prospect of Ashton’s calibre after the season Aulie has had thus far and the fact that the Leafs have been looking for a way to fit Korbinian Holzer into the lineup for some time now.
Who’s your trade winner?