Erik Haula
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Erik Haula

Hometown:

Pori Finland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-03-23

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (182nd overall), 2009

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • A

History

2007-08: Erik Haula put up decent numbers, playing in 40 games where he racked up 22 points in the U20 league for Assat. He also represented Team Finland at the 2008 U18 tournament, where he tallied a goal and three assists in six games.

2008-09: With Shattuck St. Mary’s, Haula racked up 22 goals and 49 assists. Roomed with Swede Alexander Fallstrom. Haula speaks nearly flawless English.  His father used to coach American football in Finland, and he had Americans staying in his house growing up who taught him English. Also speaks Swedish.

2011-12: Haula was the leading scorer for WCHA champion Minnesota as a sophomore. He scored 20 goals with 29 assists in 43 games and was plus-17 with 30 penalty minutes. He scored 8 power play goals for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota won the regular season title but were upset in the WCHA tournament by North Dakota. The Gophers returned the favor in the NCAA tournament – defeating North Dakota in the West Regional final to reach the Frozen Four.

2012-13: Haula made his pro hockey debut following his junior season at Minnesota — signing a two-year entry-level contract with Wild in April and joining the team’s AHL affiliate Houston. He had 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in six AHL games. The Aeros were fourth in the South Division and lost to Grand Rapids in the first round of the playoffs. Haula scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -4 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was Minnesota’s leading scorer in his final season of college hockey; scoring 16 goals with a team-leading 35 assists and was +19 with 14 penalty minutes. The Gophers finished first in the WCHA but lost to Colorado College, 2-0, in a WCHA semifinal game and lost in overtime to eventual national champion Yale in an NCAA West Regional semifinal.

2013-14: Haula made his NHL debut with the Wild in November — splitting his first pro season between Minnesota and its AHL affiliate Iowa — and was one of three players to score four goals to led the team in the playoffs. He represented Finland in the 2014 World Championship in April. Haula scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was +14 with 29 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games for the Wild. He scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with no penalties in 13 playoff games. In 31 AHL games with Iowa he scored 14 goals with 13 assists and was +2 with 14 penalty minutes. Haula had 1 assist and was minus-2 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the World Championship as Finland won a silver medal in Belarus. 

Talent Analysis

Haula is a smooth passer and has good speed to go along with it.  His size and strength is sometimes an issue and has struggled to create offensive chances on a consistent basis at the NHL level. He has excellent character and is a good presence in the locker room.

Future

Haula is in his first full season with Minnesota in 2014-15 after splitting his first pro season between the Wild and AHL affiliate Iowa. One of the top scorers for the AHL club and a productive addition to the big club late in the year and in the playoffs, he has struggled to match the accomplishments of his first season. Offensively, he had just seven points in his first 41 games and at times his lack of production has impacted his two-way play. Long-term Haula has the instincts and skating ability to be an effective forward and supplementary scorer. To reach that level he will have to grow from the adversity of this season and continue to add strength.

 

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