Wild Prospects Report - Apr. 26
Tuesday, 04.26.2011 / 4:25 PM / Features
HOUSTON AEROS (46-28-1-5, 96 pts, 2nd in West Division, 2nd in Western Conference) – Last week the Aeros swept their West Division Semifinal vs. the Peoria Rivermen, 4-0. Houston took Game 1 by a 4-1 score, claimed a 3-2 OT victory in Game 2, rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 5-3 in Game 3 and capped off the series with a 2-1 win in Game 4. C Patrick O’Sullivan leads the Aeros in playoff scoring with four points (2-2=4) while C Chad Rau (2-1=3), RW Jed Ortmeyer (1-2=3), D Maxim Noreau (0-3=3), and D Jeff Penner (0-3=3) have tallied three points each. G Matt Hackett was in net for all four victories, posting a 1.67 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Houston will begin the West Division Finals against the Milwaukee Admirals this Friday.
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Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Brett Bulmer - Kelowna (WHL): Second round pick (39th overall) in 2010 signed a three-year contract with the Wild and an amateur tryout contract with the Houston Aeros last week. He will join the Aeros for their second round series vs. Milwaukee. Bulmer posted six points (4-2=6) in 10 WHL playoff games as Kelowna dropped a second round series to Portland. 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 goals 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 appeared in one game.
D Colton Jobke - Kelowna (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing totaled seven penalty minutes in nine playoff games as Kelowna dropped a second round playoff series to Portland. 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.
F Justin Fontaine - Minnesota Duluth (WCHA): The 2011 free agent signing closed out his senior season by winning a National Championship with the UMD Bulldogs. In 42 games, he racked up 58 points on 22 goals and 36 assists, good for third in the WCHA and fourth in the nation.
D Chay Genoway - North Dakota (WCHA): The 2011 free agent signing closed out his senior season by leading the Fighting Sioux to the Frozen Four and posting six goals and 31 assists in 36 games. He was a +11 on the season. Served as team captain and was named to the All-WCHA First Team.
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 totaled 20 points (6-14=20) in 31 games. He also posted a goal and an assist in three playoff games as Omaha was swept in a second round series by Sioux Falls.
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 racked up 16 points (5-11=16) in 15 playoff games in helping HIFK to the League title with a 4-0 sweep of Blues in the finals. His point total was tied for the League lead. 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. He will represent Finland at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
RW Johan Larsson - Brynas (Sweden): The second round selection (56th overall) in the 2010 Draft registered two goals and three assists at the U19 Three Nations Tournament in Helsinki last 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 posted eight points (3-5=8) in 18 playoff games, as Skelleftea fell to Farjestad in the championship series, 4-1. 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 registered one goal in 11 playoff games for Blues, which fell to Mikael Granlund's HIFK squad in the championship series, 4-0. 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 won two games and stopped 31 of 36 shots at the U19 Three Nations Tournament. 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 posted a 4-3-0 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage in seven playoff games. Red Deer was elminiated by Medicine Hat in the second round, 4-1. Kuemper was named a finalist for the WHL's Player of the Year in the regular season after posting 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.