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
  • C

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.

 

Talent Analysis

Haula is an incredible passer and has good speed to go along with it.  He's only 5'11 though and quite light yet. Excellent character.

 

Future

After a great collegiate career Haula came in and contributed immediately at the AHL level. The organization seems to be high on Haula, who should be a top contributor in Iowa next season.

 

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