Wild Prospects Report - Apr. 12
Tuesday, 04.12.2011 / 3:51 PM / Features
HOUSTON AEROS (46-28-1-5, 96 pts, 2nd in West Division, 2nd in Western Conference) – This past week, the Aeros capped off their regular season with a 6-3 win vs. Oklahoma City on Sunday, giving the squad its best record since the 2005-06 campaign. LW Robbie Earl (0-3=3) and C Warren Peters (2-1=3) each tallied three points in the victory, while G Matt Hackett made 30 saves. Overall, RW Jon DiSalvatore led Houston in scoring with 61 points (28-33=61) in 80 games. Hackett posted team-bests in wins (23), goals against average (2.37) and save percentage (.916). The Aeros begin their quest for the Calder Cup with the first game of their West Division Semifinal vs. Peoria on Wednesday.
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Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Brett Bulmer - Kelowna (WHL): Second round pick (39th overall) in 2010 has a goal and two assists in six playoff games. Kelowna is tied with Portland, 1-1 in their second round playoff series. Bulmer finished the regular 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 six playoff games. Kelowna and Portland are tied in their second round playoff series, 1-1. 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 31 games. Omaha has a bye in the first round of the USHL playoffs.
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 tallied two assists and a +3 rating in Notre Dame's Frozen Four semifinal loss to the UMD Bulldogs. He led Notre Dame with a +32 rating and was third among team defensemen in scoring with 15 points (4-11=15) in 44 games.
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. He was also named to the Inside College Hockey All-America Rookie Team.
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 last Tuesday to help HIFK advance to the SM-liiga finals, which begin on Wednesday. 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 the U19 Three Nations Tournament in Helsinki this week. 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 16 playoff games, as Skelleftea trails Farjestad in the championship series, 2-1. 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 nine playoff games for Blues, which will face Mikael Granlund's HIFK squad in the championship series beginning Wednesday. 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 posted a 4-2-0 record with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. Red Deer trails Medicine Hat in the second round, 2-0. Kuemper 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.