Throughout the next month plus, we’ll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that contributed to it. That’s what the offseason is for, after all. This is the third in the series. Read them all here.
Keith Aucoin — C – #10
6-6-12 in 41 games
Most often seen: centering the third line
Contract status: UFA this summer, $650k salary and cap hit in 2012-13
Obligatory YouTube video of: scoring two goals in his home state in January
Thoughts on 2012-13: The Islanders gave Keith Aucoin a chance at the beginning of the season, grabbing him off waivers from the Maple Leafs. Aucoin paid almost instant dividends with four goals in January (seven games) including two in his home state of Massachusetts in a game against the Bruins (video above). For a brief moment, it seemed as though Aucoin could turn into another diamond in the rough that GM Garth Snow pulled off the waiver wive.
The rest of the way, Aucoin wasn’t visible offensively — seven points in 34 games — although he does deserve credit for his two-way play. He had the fourth best corsi relative on the team (3.98) during the regular season and won 48.6% percent of face offs. Aucoin wasn’t noticeably effective for much of the way, but he also wasn’t particularly noticeable in a bad way for defensive mistakes.
Aucoin was a low-risk proposition when the team claimed him off waivers. The problem with low-risk propositions is that they can, many times, also be low-reward propositions. In all honestly, Aucoin as the third line center was more of a placeholder than anything else. Next year, either Brock Nelson or Ryan Strome should be occupying Aucoin’s position between Michael Grabner and Colin McDonald. Aucoin is an unrestricted free agent, and likely won’t be back.
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