Erik Haula, W/C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 187

Born: 1991-03-23

Hometown: Pori, Finland

Drafted: 2009 by Minnesota, 182nd overall









November 2013 - Erik Haula will make his NHL debut against the Colorado Avalanche after being recalled by the Wild. Haula is tied for second in points with AHL affiliate Iowa this season, registering 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 18 games. At 5'11" 192 lbs. the Wild are hoping for some added speed in their lineup from the 22-year-old Finnish forward, especially with Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise both out of the lineup for at least a week. Jamie Zadow


November 2013 - Haula is in his first full season of pro hockey with Iowa of the AHL and so far he is off to a stellar start with eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 games. A promising start for the young Finnish centre who has a lot of offensive upside. Jamie Zadow


June 2013 - Prior to signing his first professional entry-level contract with the Wild, Erik Haula spent the last three seasons in the WCHA playing for the University of Minnesota. Known for his exceptional character on and off the ice, he's also shown the ability to make big plays with tremendous speed and playmaking ability. As a sophomore with the Golden Gophers, he was named the league's top scorer by recording 49 points (20 G, 29 A) in 43 games. In 2012-2013 he went on to record a career high 51 points (16 G, 35 A) in 37 games, becoming the first Gopher to lead the team in points for back-to-back seasons since Thomas Vanek in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. He was awarded All-WCHA Second Team honors, leading the U of M to the MacNaughton Cup as the WCHA regular-season champions. Despite just six games of regular-season experience, he was handed a top-12 forward position leading into the AHL postseason. Haula appeared in all five games in the series loss against the Grand Rapids Griffins, recording a goal and an assist. He enters his first full season of professional hockey and will likely finish the remaining two years of his contract in the AHL. While proven to have the offensive spark to be a successful NHL'er if given the opportunity, he still has quite the mountain to climb before he's considered Minnesota's top forward prospect. At age 22, Haula's not expected to see much, if any, NHL playing time in 2014. Although, a solid performance in his first full season in the AHL could set him up for a much larger role in the organization for many years to come. Clayton Bailey



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. - Rich Dillon


Fantasy Outlook: B-

Haula's offensive upside is great and he will need to hone those offensive skills in the AHL before he jumps ahead of some of the Wild prospects above him on the depth chart.




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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