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Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Keith Aulie to Tampa Bay Lightning for Carter Ashton

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 20: Carter Ashton #15 of the Tampa Bay Lightning moves the puck up ice against Anthony Nigro #54 of the St. Louis Blues during a pre-season game at the Scottrade Center game on September 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Harry Orbach MillerContributor IIIFebruary 27, 2012

It has been reported on NHL.com that the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Keith Aulie to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Carter Ashton. 

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Ashton, who was the 29th overall pick in the 2009 entry draft, is the prototypical forward that Burke desires.

A excerpt from his profile on The Hockey News website details him as,

"Has excellent size and NHL pedigree. Can play either wing position and displays power-forward potential. Also has a good nose for the net... [potential to be a] Power forward with good upside"

Independent scout, Shane Malloy, describes Ashton as,

“In terms of long-term potential, I see him as a second-line player... He plays a real dirty game.”

Aulie, who was given up to acquire Ashton, was expected to make the Leafs out of training camp, but quickly fell behind Jake Gardiner and was unable to stay with the Leafs on a consistent basis.

If Ashton lives up to his potential this could be a great move for the Leafs' long term future.  

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