Haula

 

Erik Haula, W/C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 187

Born: 1991-03-23

Hometown: Pori, Finland

Drafted: 2009 by Minnesota, 182nd overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2015- Haula is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch earlier this week for Minnesota’s tilt against the New York Rangers. Haula will try to replicate some of the success briefly experienced earlier this season with the likes of Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine. Haula has left interested parties wanting for more and this latest scratching may give him he incentive to better his efforts that coach Mike Yeo has been looking for. Edric Joseph

 

February 2015 – Much has changed since the last Erik Haula update. While he has come along sufficiently to make the Minnesota Wild, he has shown that his work isn’t done yet. From training camp onwards it seems like he can’t seem to get things going for him despite seeing time with the likes of Vanek, Coyle, Niederreiter among others. Even with talented teammates and even spot starts replacing the likes of Granlund and Koivu in the rotation he struggles to show that he is capable of being more than a shooting line presence for big club. Even with the high profile units, Haula has gotten a decent amount of favourable deployment as Coach Yeo seems to believe in him and also believes in not dumping too much on his shoulders. Haula’s medical concerns are slowly coming to light as well as when he is not in the lineup he is often on the mend. Whether he’s out of the lineup due to medical issues or a healthy scratching hopefully he can make the most of the time off as he has terrific mobility and can really thread the needle out there when he plays up to his ability. Sending down Erik Haula even when he struggles can prove to be a tough thing to do as he is a low maintenance character in the locker room. Edric Joseph

 

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: D+

Hard to hold out hope for the guy, but can’t help but do so at least a little as can’t seem to catch a break lately with his health.


 

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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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