Is Keith Aulie Ready For A Top-Four Role?

Jonathan Willis
September 20 2011 01:54PM

With the Maple Leafs boasting a deep group of defensemen, there will naturally be competition for ice-time. Beyond Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn and John-Michael Liles – the sure things – the Leafs still possess one-time marquee free agent Mike Komisarek, summer addition Cody Franson, and Carl Gunnarsson, whose poise earned him increased ice-time as the season went on.

None of those latter three are currently being slated for a top-four role, however. Instead, it seems highly likely that Keith Aulie, the 22-year old who came over from Calgary with Dion Phaneuf, will start the season as Phaneuf’s partner in the top-four. Is he ready for that role?

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Danny Gray
September 20 2011 08:21AM


Sports and Superstition have long gone hand in hand. 

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Recap: Leafs 4 Sens 2

September 19 2011 07:46PM

The Leafs handled the Senators 4-2 tonight. Tyler Bozak scored a pair and had an assist, Colby Armstrong had a goal and Carl Gunnarsson chipped one in. My notes:

  • The Bozak - Armstrong - Kadri line was buzzing all night. Lots of chances and they dominated possession against weak opposition. This is a good sign for what should be the Leafs sheltered scoring line. They crashed the net, they moved the puck and they drew penalties.
  • Dion Phaneuf's hit on Conboy in the first period was called elbowing. Watching the video I'm not convinced any wrong doing occured. Conboy is skating with his head down and Phaneuf's elbows are pinned to his torso. You hate to see guys get hit in the head but players have to take some responsibility out there; we don't want to see guys skating around leaning over with their heads sticking out because they're suddenly untouchable.
  • The new Leafs goal song is kind of crummy. I guess we should hope that we hear it too many times this season.

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Player types: The no-way forward

Cam Charron
September 19 2011 02:51PM


Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.

(Previous: The two-way forward the defensive forward, and the offensive liability)

While players in some of the other player categories may cause one to blink an eye, I think there will be a little more consensus agreement in this section of the series dealing with the "No-Way Forward".

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September 17 2011 06:28PM


You can tell that the new NHL season approacheth at full speed. The days are getting colder and wives of hockey fans everywhere are starting to eye the calendar nervously knowing that their attentive summer husband is about to be replaced with a distracted fall model who is glued to the TV and computer and regularly mistakes his children for one another.

Here at NationRadio the talk shifts from Oilers Prospects playing in a myriad of junior leagues and oilers prospects playing at the Rookie Camp.

Its NationRadio. Enjoy!

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