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Arizona Coyotes extend tryouts to Keith Aulie, Corey Potter

The Coyotes have a couple of tryouts on their defensive end.

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The Arizona Coyotes offered professional tryouts (PTOs) to defensemen Keith Aulie and Corey Potter earlier today, according to the Coyotes' own Dave Vest.

Aulie, a left handed shot, last played for the Edmonton Oilers. In 167 games with the Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs, Aulie has scored four goals and recorded ten assists. The 116th overall pick has journeyed between the AHL and NHL for most of his career, and his production rates indicate why:

At 26 years old, Aulie has not really been able to stick in the highest level of competition; his best single-season showing was a two goal, five assist campaign (a full half of his career totals) in 45 games with the Lightning back in 2012-13.

While Aulie is a guy who has never really caught on in the NHL, Corey Potter has put together a respectable season in the past; he recorded four goals and 17 assists in 62 games with the Edmonton Oilers back in 2011-12. He produced only three goals and six assists in his next two seasons with Edmonton, before being claimed off waivers by the Boston Bruins in 2013-14.

Potter most recently played six games for the Calgary Flames in 2014-15, in which he produced no points. He spent the bulk of the season with Calgary's AHL affiliate in Adirondack.

Both players are NHL veterans who should push younger defensemen like Philip Samuelsson, Brandon Gormley, and Klas Dahlbeck in training camp. Given some of Don Maloney's prior comments about where Gormley is at, this would seem to fit with Arizona's approach.

Potter may in fact stick around longer however, as the Coyotes also announced that AHL defenseman Dylan Reese is expected to miss four to six months during a training accident this summer. Since both Potter and Reese are right handed shots, it's possible Potter steps into Reese's role as an emergency call-up.

Neither defensemen is going to bring a lot to the table, but they will be able to force Arizona's blueliners to earn their spots on the parent club with solid performances out of training camp.