Justin Auger
Image: OHL

Justin Auger

Hometown:

Kitchener Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-05-14

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

4th round (103rd overall), 2013

Weight:

216 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Justin Auger skated for the Waterloo Wolves minor midget AAA team in Ontario. He scored 20 goals with 11 assists in 30 games and had 16 penalty minutes. Auger was selected by Guelph in the sixth round (112th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: Auger moved up to Canadian junior A hockey, playing for the Waterloo Siskins in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. He scored 22 goals with 15 assists and had 57 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games and in four playoff games had 2 goals with 5 assists and 7 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Auger played 58 games for Guelph in his first OHL season. Seeing limited ice time at times, he scored 7 goals with 7 assists and was -9 with 39 penalty minutes. Guelph reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Auger played in all six games in the first round series with Plymouth and was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes. He was ranked 107th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft but was not selected.

2012-13: Auger was one of five players to skate in all 68 games for Guelph and played a key two-way role for the Storm in his second season. He scored 16 goals with 17 assists and was +5 with 39 penalty minutes. Guelph was once again fourth in the Midwest Division despite finishing with 16 more points than in 2011-12. Auger had no points nor penalty minutes and was -1 in the five-game playoff series with Kitchener. In his second year of draft eligibility, Auger was not among the 210 North American skaters listed in Central Scouting’s final rankings. He was selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Auger returned from an early season case of mononucleosis to provide muscle and strong two-way play for Memorial Cup runner-up Guelph in his third OHL season. He scored 11 goals with 12 assists and was +8 with 61 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games for the Storm. Guelph finished first in the Midwest Division with the OHL’s top record and defeated North Bay in the OHL Finals. Auger scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was -5 with 15 penalty minutes in 20 OHL playoff games. The Storm won their first three games at the Memorial Cup before falling to Edmonton, 6-3 in the championship game. Auger had no points nor penalties in four Memorial Cup games. 

Talent Analysis

Auger is most notable for his tremendous size and he puts his body to good use and has strong puck possession skills. He has a limited offensive upside and an average skating ability but you cannot teach size and he has a decent and developing defensive-zone game.

Future

Auger attended training camp with the Kings and signed a three-year entry-level contract with Los Angeles in October 2014. He is spending the 2014-15 season with Kings AHL affiliate Manchester. He is a boom or bust pick but the early returns are encouraging as he's played a strong two-way game and chipped into the attack as a 20-year-old playing pro hockey for the first time. Auger is a huge player with the physical capability to be a handful at any level but he has to round out the skills to go along with that size.

2014-15 Season making all the difference for Los Angeles Kings’ prospect pool

by Jason Lewis
on

Photo: Kings prospect Colin Miller improved his stock with a standout rookie season in the AHL. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Kings prospect Colin Miller improved his stock with a standout second season in the AHL. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

It is crazy what a difference a year can make for a hockey player. Hockey has ebbs and flows game to game, but sometimes year to year, as well. The Los Angeles Kings prospect pool has endured a lot of turnover in the last few seasons. As some old assets have come and gone, new faces have arrived and new players have risen. Read more»

Manchester Monarchs making it work despite lack of star power

by Jason Lewis
on

Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Derek Forbort  (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Los Angeles Kings prospect Derek Forbort has been steady on defense for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

‏The Manchester Monarchs had a remarkable 2013-14 regular season but were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after having been defeated in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

Read more»

Los Angeles Kings have greatest depth in areas of need

by Jason Lewis
on

San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings

Photo: Brayden McNabb has received significant ice time with the Kings in 2014-15 and looks to have found a home on the Los Angeles blue line. (courtesy of Harry How/Getty Images)

Without having too many high selections in recent drafts, the Los Angeles Kings have done quite well in growing their pipeline in areas of need. While the graduation of Martin Jones does hurt the goalie pipeline, they continue to stock up on useful centers and defenseman. While the wings might not be top-tier, there are some role players and quality players peppered throughout.

Read more»

Kings prospects had a taste of deep playoff runs in 2013-14

by Jason Lewis
on

Nick Ebert - Guelph Storm

Photo: Defenseman Nick Ebert, acquired via trade in December, led the Storm defense in scoring during the club’s OHL Championship run and trip to the Memorial Cup final (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Los Angeles Kings are in the midst of a deep playoff run, one that is eerily similar to their 2011-12 cup run. Outside of that though, there have been a ton of prospects competing with the Los Angeles Kings prospect tag by their name in all of the playoff competitions across the globe.

Read more»

Kings junior prospects off to mixed starts in 2013-14 season

by Jason Lewis
on

Zac Leslie - Guelph Storm

Photo: With 13 points through 16 games, Guelph defenseman Zac Leslie ranks second among Storm defensemen in points per game this season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The ebbs and flows of hockey are apparent at every level, and junior is no exception. With injuries and inconsistencies, the world of hockey can be a rough ride for young players sometimes.

Read more»

Related Articles