Wild Prospects Report - Dec. 28
Tuesday, 12.28.2010 / 3:32 PM / Minnesota Wild | Features
HOUSTON AEROS (18-15-1-2, 5th in West Division) – The Aeros split a pair of games last week, getting shut out 5-0 in Hamilton and topping Texas 4-3 in a shootout, and then opened up this week with a 2-1 over San Antonio Monday night. LW Robbie Earl led the club with three points (1-2=3) over the three-game stretch. G Matt Hackett recorded the win vs. Texas and appeared in relief in the Hamilton game, posting a 1.96 GAA and a .918 SV% while G Anton Khudobin made 39 saves in the win over San Antonio Overall, Earl (9-12=21) and D Maxim Noreau (7-14=21) co-lead Houston with 21 points. Khudobin owns team bests in wins (12), GAA (2.56) and SV% (.914). The Aeros will finish this week at Milwaukee on Wednesday, at Rockford on Thursday, and then host San Antonio on Saturday.
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Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Brett Bulmer - Kelowna (WHL): Second round pick (39th overall) in 2010 Draft currently owns 25 points (12-13=25) in 33 games with Kelowna this season.
D Josh Caron - Kamloops (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing played two games and was a +4 before suffering a broken collar bone. He is nearing a return and is listed as day-to-day.
LW Kris Foucault - Calgary (WHL): The fourth round pick (103rd overall) in the 2009 Draft ranks tied for first on his team in scoring with 12 goals and 11 assists in 29 games.
D Colton Jobke - Kelowna (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing is a +1 through 27 games with one goal and five assists.
D Bjorn Krupp - Belleville (OHL): The 2009 free agent signing has a goal and six assists through 30 games this season.
RW Dylen McKinlay - Chilliwack (WHL): The seventh round pick (189th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft currently owns six points on a goal and five helpers through 17 games. He missed 16 games earlier in the season with a knee injury.
C Anthony Hamburg - Colgate (ECAC): The seventh round pick (193rd overall) in the 2009 Draft has played seven games and owns three assists in his freshman season.
LW Erik Haula - Minnesota (WCHA): The seventh round pick (182nd overall) in 2009 tallied an assist in Finland's 3-2 overtime loss to the United States on Sunday at the World Junior Championship.
D Sean Lorenz - Notre Dame (CCHA): Fourth round pick (115th overall) in 2008 has played 19 games this season and ranks tied for second among Irish defensemen in points with two goals and three assists. He is a +10 on the season for Notre Dame, which is in first place in the CCHA.
D Kyle Medvec - Vermont (HE): Fourth round pick (102nd overall) in 2006 has one assist through 13 games. He missed his last two games with an upper body injury.
F Jason Zucker - Denver (WCHA): Second round selection (59th overall) in 2010 Draft tallied an unassisted goal for Team USA in a 3-2 overtime victory over Finland in the first game of the World Junior Championship on Sunday. The United States will play Slovakia Tuesday night in its second preliminary round game.
F Mikael Granlund - HIFK Helsinki (Finland): The first round selection (ninth overall) in 2010 has missed the last 20 games with an injury suffered on October 14. He had previously scored three goals and eight assists through 12 games. He was still named to Finland's preliminary roster for the World Junior Championship, but will not play in the tournament.
RW Johan Larsson - Brynas (Sweden): The second round selection (56th overall) in the 2010 Draft notched an assist and a +2 rating in Sweden's first World Junior Championship game, a 7-1 win over Norway.
F Jere Sallinen - Blues Espoo (Finland): The sixth round selection (163rd overall) in the 2009 Draft has three goals and six assists through 29 games this season. He is a +6 on the year.
Dennis Endras - Augsberger (Germany): The 2010 free agent signing is now 11-13-2 with a 3.34 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.
Johan Gustafsson - VIK (Sweden): The sixth round pick (159th overall) in the 2010 Draft did not play in Sweden's 7-1 win over Norway in the first game of the World Junior Championship.
Darcy Kuemper - Red Deer (WHL): The sixth round pick (161st overall) in 2009 owns a 22-7-2 record. He continues to lead the WHL in every major goaltending category including wins (22), goals against average (1.94), save percentage (.928) and shutouts (five).