|Written by Rich Dillon|
April, 2013 - Haula has signed an entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild, following his junior season at Minnesota in which he total 51 points in 37 games. Haula was assigned to the Wild AHL affiliate in Houston. He has top-six upside. Rich Dillon
June, 2012 - Haula led his team in scoring, and finished ninth in the nation with 49 points in 43 games. - Dobber
February, 2012 – Erik Haula has risen from obscurity to prospect status since being drafted in the seventh round in 2009. Haula, playing for the University of Minnesota, is scoring at a point per game clip in his sophomore season. More of a playmaker than a pure scorer, he isn’t afraid of physical play and will go into traffic for the puck.
Fantasy Outlook: B-
Haula has offensive upside, but there are a handful of quality prospects ahead of him on the depth chart and will need to earn his stripes in the AHL.
Erik Haula scoring in junior hockey:
Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):
2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:
Scouting Report: Too often, fans and scouts get too focused on a player's stature now, and forget to consider the natural phenomenon known as growth. We first introduced you to Erik Haula back in 2007 in the now-infamous '2009: A Hockey Odyssey' column. A 14-year-old when he debuted in U16 hockey, we here at DobberHockey were also the first to float the idea that he might be as good as Toni Rajala- considered to at the time to be Europe's answer to Sidney Crosby. At the time, Haula had just grown from 5'5 to 5'9, and many Fins thought he was done sprouting. Two years have passed since then, and while Haula still hasn't gained much muscle, he now stands a solid 6'0. A highly gifted forward who can skate and handle the puck at an NHL level, Haula broke out in a big way during his first year in North America. Now allow us to predict two more things: Haula will be 6'2 by next summer, and he'll be Wings property. Haula is headed to the University of Minnesota in 2010; if you do the math, that means the Wings can let him develop for up to five years before having to sign him.
Notable Numbers: Not a positive stat, but Haula had a rough showing at the U18s. In six games, the crafty winger had just four points and was a minus-6.
Potential: Top-six forward, 25-30-55+
Years Away: 3
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|Last Updated on Sunday, 07 April 2013 21:35|