Keith Aulie, D
Hometown: Roulea, SK
Drafted: 2007 by Calgary Flames, 116th Overall
February 2014 – As the Olympic break and NHL trade deadline approaches, Aulie has failed to secure a permanent role with Tampa Bay. This season he’s been in and out of the lineup and used primarily as a spare defenseman. In addition to being a healthy scratch, he’s battled various injuries which has also caused him to miss a big chunk of the season. In 10 games, he’s failed to register a point and has only three shots on goal while averaging less than ten minutes a game. Randy Buschmann
June 2013 – The Lightning have re-signed Aulie to a one-year contract. The deal is a one-way contract, meaning Aulie is likely a full-time member of Tampa Bay starting this fall. Randy Buschmann
June 2013 – Aulie played 45 games with the Lightning this season which was a career high. Aulie posted two goals and seven points, the latter of which marked a career high. He played mostly in a third pairing role, sometimes as the seventh or “extra” defenseman for games. His 12:49 in average time on ice ranked 22nd on the team but he still managed to lead the Lightning in hits with 91. His 42 blocked shots ranked fifth on the team. Aulie did the most he could with a limited role and emerged as one of the few players on the team willing to provide physical play. Aulie is a restricted free agent this summer and it would be a safe assumption Tampa Bay will re-sign him. Randy Buschmann
January 2013 – Aulie is a rather huge defender with a large shot and has a mean streak in him. He seems to have finally found a home in his third organization, but his movement is not due to teams giving up on him, but more because of his asset value. Aulie will not light up score sheets but does have marginal upside for points. He will be more valuable in leagues that put values on stats such as hits, blocked shots and plus/minus. Jason Banks
Fantasy Outlook: D-
Offensively he has little potential, but depending on his partner he could experience modest production.
One of a few bigger Aulie hits documented on YouTube.
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