Both players were playing in the AHL at the time of the deal: Aulie with the Toronto Marlies, Ashton with the Norfolk Admirals. Aulie, 22, was drafted by the Leafs in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL draft. He's a smart defenseman with a bit of NHL experience under his belt, but still has some growing to do, especially when it comes to using his 6'6 frame properly. The Lightning have a need in terms of young defense, so the deal makes sense for them in that regard.
The Maple Leafs get a nice return in Ashton, 20, a winger selected in the first-round of the 2009 NHL draft. He's stil young, obviously, but there's a ton of upside there. His biggest assets are his mobility for his size and his ability to play either on side of the ice. He's scored 35 points in 56 games with Norfolk this season.
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