“He used to play power play in the American League for his whole life and he’s one of the best at it in that league. He’s probably the best at it,” center Mathieu Perreault said. “He knows what he’s doing out there, and you can see it the past few games on the power play.”
Aucoin knows what he’s doing in the offensive zone no matter the situation.
On the fourth line with the likes of Jeff Halpern, Joel Ward and Mike Knuble, Aucoin is a wiz at protecting the puck along the boards and not turning it over. Put him out there with Alex Ovechkin and other skilled players and he can thread a perfect pass to set up a scoring chance.
And though he doesn’t possess burning speed like Perreault or Marcus Johansson, Aucoin finds ways to compensate for a height disadvantage.
“He doesn’t look that fast, but he’s quicker than we think. He’s so smart that he makes everything easy on himself,” Perreault said. “That makes up for maybe not being as fast as me or [Johansson], but he’s still a fast player. You don’t notice him, but he’s really quick.”
“To share it with them both being here is a lot of fun,” Aucoin said. “We’re going to enjoy it as long as we can.”