We are back at it again today with our second installment in the Red Wings top-25 under 25 series. Today we will cover center Louis-Marc Aubry.
Louis-Marc Aubry, Center, 20 -
Louis-Marc Aubry was drafted 81st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2010 NHL entry-draft. Unlike Alan Quine who we covered last time, Aubry is a very big guy as he measures in at 6'4'', 205 lbs and he shoots left.
Last season, Aubry played his rookie year for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He played 62 games and managed 16 points, of which 5 were goals. Prior to joining the Griffins, Aubry had spent 3 years with the Montréal Juniors in the QMJHL. With the Juniors he managed 22, 33, and 25 points in his 3 seasons respectively. Aubry also was called up to serve as one of the Wings black aces during their 2012 playoff run.
Aubry is viewed to have an incredible hockey sense. He isn't necessarily great at one thing while at the same time not being terrible at another. He is an all around solid player which fits the two-way center role that most people believe he will develop into. While he certainly isn't a offensive guru he is a very complete player and could develop into quite the bottom-six forward for the Wings. He is great at faceoffs and knows how to play without the puck.
While he is very big, he is incredible lean for his size and will need to bulk up in order to play in the NHL. However, despite his size he is surprisingly mobile, kind of like Calvin Johnson in a sense. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way comparing Aubry to Megatron, however, the fact that they are both very mobile for their respective sizes is intriguing. Also, while he is very lean he is incredibly aggressive and can no doubt throw around his body.
Here is a video of Aubry taking on Justin Vaive of the San Antonio Rampage.
While writing this post I have done quite a bit of research on Aubry and the more and more I find out about the guy the more and more I am starting to like him. Honestly, if he just bulks up he may very well be able to make it into the NHL just based on pure size. This guy has the potential to be a great two-way guy if he just puts everything together. I still believe that he needs two more years down in the AHL before making the jump although I think when he does we might very well have our next fourth line center.
Go Wings and Go Lions, lets get that W today!