Wild Prospects Report - Apr. 5
Tuesday, 04.05.2011 / 10:14 PM / Features
HOUSTON AEROS (45-28-1-5, 96 pts, 2nd in West Division, 2nd in Western Conferencee) – The Aeros clinched a spot in the AHL playoffs this week as they went 1-2-0-0, dropping a 5-3 decision to Chicago on Thursday and a 5-2 game in Milwaukee on Friday, before downing Chicago 6-1 on Saturday. C Patrick O’Sullivan paced the squad with six points (1-5=6), while LW Robbie Earl (3- 1=4) and C Chad Rau (2-2=4) added four points each. G Matt Hackett took all three decisions in net, including a 32-save victory. Overall, RW Jon DiSalvatore ranks first among all Aeros skaters with 61 points (28-33=61) in 79 games. Hackett leads the team in goal with 22 wins, a 2.36 GAA, and a .917 SV%. The Aeros will wrap up their regular season on Sunday vs. Oklahoma City.
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Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Brett Bulmer - Kelowna (WHL): Second round pick (39th overall) in 2010 picked up one goal and one assist in Kelowna's four-game sweep of Prince George in the first round of the playoffs. Bulmer finished the season with 18 goals and 31 assists for 49 points in 57 games. He missed 14 games during the regular season 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. He was assigned to the Houston Aeros on March 24.
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. He signed an Amateur Tryout contract with Houston on March 23 and has appeared in one game.
D Colton Jobke - Kelowna (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing is a +1 in four playoff games. Kelowna advanced to face Portland in the second round of the playoffs. 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 skated in four playoff games as Belleville was swept by Mississauga, 4-0, 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 posted two goals and two assists in five playoff games as Chilliwack dropped its first round series to 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 20 points (6-14=20) in 29 games.
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 Thursday.
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 has racked up 13 points (5-8=13) in 11 playoff games. He piled up five points on two goals and three assists in a series-clinching victory over Lukko on Tuesday to help HIFK advance to the SM-liiga finals. 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 13 playoff games, as Skelleftea has advanced to the League finals against Farjestad. 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 one goal in eight playoff games. The Blues lead JYP in the SM-liiga semifinals, 2-1. 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 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage. Red Deer will face Medicine Hat in the second round. 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.