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After a career of life in the minors, Aucoin doesn’t play with the fear that if he doesn’t score or produce he’ll get sent back down. Get a few assists here and there and contribute, and he has a good chance of avoiding a trip to Bridgeport to play for the Sound Tigers.
But keeping an NHL job for parts of a season has never been the issue; in addition to the Caps, he played games here and there for the Hurricanes.
Aucoin is trying to show why he belongs for good.
“I think everybody pretty well knows who he is as a player,” said Knuble. “Sometimes you just need a break, you need a chance. He’s a guy with experience. If you’ve scored a lot of goals and put a lot of pucks in the net, teams can use guys like that on the power play and always use smart players and guys who are good passers like he is. There’ll be a spot for him somewhere.”
Even with the confidence gained from last season with the Caps, when he played in all 14 playoff games, Aucoin couldn’t find a team willing to give him that spot as a full-time NHL player. Maybe with a chance to provide more offense, he can do just that.
“I think I just got to continue doing what I’m doing: be responsible in the defensive zone and play my game,” Aucoin said. “I can’t sit back, I’ve got to keep playing, doing what I’m doing and that’s setting my linemates up and playing with confidence. When you’re playing more minutes the way I am now, I’m playing with a lot of confidence.”
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