Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the team has obtained forward Carter Ashton from Tampa Bay. In exchange, the Maple Leafs sent defenceman Keith Aulie to the Lightning.
Ashton, 20, was a first-round draft choice (29th overall) of Tampa Bay in the 2009 Entry Draft. He has 19 goals and 16 assists in 56 games played this season with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. Ashton participated in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native is the son of former NHL player Brent who played in 998 career NHL regular season games with nine teams over 14 seasons. Aulie had two assists in 17 games for the Leafs in 2011-12.
The Maple Leafs also acquired defenceman Mark Fraser from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Dale Mitchell