Lightning recall new defenseman Keith Aulie

3:53 PM, Feb 29, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, FL-- The  Lightning have recalled defenseman Keith Aulie from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.  Additionally, forwards Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Trevor Smith, along with defenseman Evan Oberg have been reassigned to the Admirals.

Aulie was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, in exchange for Lightning prospect Carter Ashton.

Aulie, 6-foot-6, 217 pounds, has played in 17 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, collecting two assists and 16 penalty minutes. He's also skated in 23 games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, recording one assist and 30 penalty minutes. The Regina, Saskatchewan native has played in 57 career NHL games, recording two goals and four points to go along with 48 penalty minutes. Aulie scored his first career NHL goal last season on March 8 against the NY Islanders.

The 22 year-old has skated in 107 career AHL games with the Marlies and Abbotsford Heat, posting five goals and 16 points. He represented the Marlies at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA last season.

Aulie was acquired by the Lightning from Toronto this past Monday prior to the NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for forward Carter Ashton.  He was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round, 116th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 

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