Wild Prospects Report - Mar. 29
Tuesday, 03.29.2011 / 3:32 PM / Features
HOUSTON AEROS (44-26-1-5, 94 pts, T-1st in West Division, T-1st in Western Conferencee) – The Aeros went 3-1-0-0 last week, dropping a 3-0 contest at Texas, then beating Oklahoma City by scores of 4-1, 6-5 (SO) and 5-4. The squad was led by C Casey Wellman (2-3=5), C Chad Rau (2-3=5) and D Maxim Noreau (0-5=5) who recorded five points each. G Matt Hackett posted two wins and a .908 SV%. Overall, RW Jon DiSalvatore owns a team-high 58 points (26-32=58) in 76 games. Hackett has recorded team bests in wins (21), GAA (2.23), and SV% (.920). This week the Aeros host Chicago on Thursday, play at Milwaukee on Friday and at Chicago on Sunday.
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Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Brett Bulmer - Kelowna (WHL): Second round pick (39th overall) in 2010 has helped Kelowna win its first two playoff games in its best-of-seven series. His 31 assists on the season are T-3rd among Rockets skaters, having totaled 49 points (18-31=49) in 57 games this season, after missing 14 games with a leg injury.
D Josh Caron - Kamloops (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing finished the season with a goal and an assist with a -3 rating in 27 games. He missed 41 games earlier in the season with a broken collarbone.
LW Kris Foucault - Calgary (WHL): The fourth round pick (103rd overall) in the 2009 Draft finished his season as Calgary's leading scorer with 48 points. He finished tied for first on the team with 25 and third in assists with 23. He registered 11 multi-point games and a -10 rating.
D Colton Jobke - Kelowna (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing has skated in two playoffs games for the Rockets. He finished the regular season with 10 points (1-9=10) and a +5 rating in 51 games, ranking fifth among Kelowna defensemen in points.
D Bjorn Krupp - Belleville (OHL): The 2009 free agent signing has skated in three playoff games as Belleville trails Mississauga, 3-0, in their first-round series. He finished the regular season with a goal and 10 assists through 61 games, ranking fourth among Belleville blueliners.
RW Dylen McKinlay - Chilliwack (WHL): The seventh round pick (189th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft has recorded one assist in two playoff games for Chilliwack against Spokane. He finished the regular season with six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 55 games. He missed 16 games early in the season with a knee injury.
C Anthony Hamburg - Omaha (USHL): The seventh round pick (193rd overall) in the 2009 Draft left Colgate University after playing seven games and notching three assists. He has joined Omaha of the USHL where he's totaled 17 points (6-11=17) in 27 games, T-9th on the team despite not joining the team until New Year's Eve.
LW Erik Haula - Minnesota (WCHA): The seventh round pick (182nd overall) in 2009 finished his freshman season with six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 34 games. He tied for the team lead in assists and was tied for third in points.
D Sean Lorenz - Notre Dame (CCHA): Fourth round pick (115th overall) in 2008 recorded five blocked shots and a +3 rating in two NCAA tournament games to help the Fighting Irish advance to the Frozen Four in St. Paul. He leads Notre Dame in plus/minus ranking and is T-3rd among team defensemen in scoring with 13 points (4-9=13) and a +29 rating in 43 games. Notre Dame will face the UMD Bulldogs in the semifinals of NCAA Tournament on April 7.
D Kyle Medvec - Vermont (HE): Fourth round pick (102nd overall) in 2006 finished his senior season with six points (2-4=6) in 29 games, ranking fourth among Vermont defensemen.
F Jason Zucker - Denver (WCHA): Second round selection (59th overall) in 2010 Draft scored the game-winner in overtime and added two assists in the semifinals of the NCAA Regional Tournament and finished his season with a goal in Denver's 6-1 loss to North Dakota. He tied for the team lead with 23 goals and ranked second with 45 points (23-22=45) and a +23 rating in 40 games. He was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year and an All-WCHA Second Team member.
F Mikael Granlund - HIFK Helsinki (Finland): The first round selection (ninth overall) in 2010 tallied five points (3-2=5) in HIFK's first-round series win and was named the No. 1 star of Game 7 after recording a goal and assist to lead HIFK to a 5-1 win over Jokerit. His team will face Lukko in the semifinals. He finished the SM-liiga regular season with 36 points (8-28=36) in 39 games with a +6 rating after missing 21 games to injury.
RW Johan Larsson - Brynas (Sweden): The second round selection (56th overall) in the 2010 Draft will represent Sweden in two Euro Hockey Challenge matches this week against Latvia. He finished the Elite League season with four goals and four assists in 43 games with a +3 rating and posted two assists in a first round playoff loss to Farjestad.
RW Mikko Lehtonen - Skelleftea (Sweden): The Wild trade-deadline acquisition this spring has posted seven points (2-5=7) in 11 playoff games, as Skelleftea is tied, 2-2, with Lilea in its second-round series. Lehtonen finished the regular season as the Swedish Elite League's top goal scorer (30) and second leading point producer (30-28=50). He played 55 games with Skelleftea and was a +1.
F Jere Sallinen - Blues Espoo (Finland): The sixth round selection (163rd overall) in the 2009 Draft has registered six PIM in six playoff games. The Blues will face JYP in the SM-liiga semifinals. He finished the regular season with 14 points (6-8=14) in 55 games.
Dennis Endras - Augsberger (Germany): The 2010 free agent posted a 20-22-4 record with a 3.14 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage. He signed a 2011-12 two-way contract with the Wild on March 11 and will be at the Wild's training camp in September.
Johan Gustafsson - VIK (Sweden): The sixth round pick (159th overall) in the 2010 Draft will represent Sweden in two Euro Hockey Challenge contests vs. Latvia this week. He was 1-1 with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .867 save percentage as VIK was eliminated in postseason play for a chance to join the Elite League next season. Gustafsson finished the regular season with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
Darcy Kuemper - Red Deer (WHL): The sixth round pick (161st overall) in 2009 has improved upon his remarkable regular season by starting the WHL playoffs 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage. He finished the regular season with a 45-12-5 record. He finished the season leading the league in every goaltending category including: wins, goals against average (1.86), save percentage (.933) and shutouts (12). He has been named the CHL Goalie of the Week three times and the WHL Player of the Week once. He was also the WHL Goalie of the Month in January.