Wild Prospects Report - Dec. 14
Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 1:06 PM CT / Minnesota Wild | Features
HOUSTON AEROS (15-4-8, 38 pts, 2nd in West Division, 2nd in AHL) – The Aeros went 1-0-2 last week, beating San Antonio 1-0 at home (12/9) but losing in shootouts 2-1 vs. Oklahoma City (12/8) and 3-2 vs. Peoria (12/11). G Darcy Kuemper saved 99 of 102 shots in three games for a .971 SV% and was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week. RW Justin Fontaine led Houston with two points (1-1=2) on the week, while RW Jarod Palmer, C Warren Peters and LW Matt Kassian also contributed goals. The Aeros will host three games straight this weekend vs. Texas (12/16), Oklahoma City (12/17) and Rochester (12/18).
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Canadian Hockey Leagues
LW Brett Bulmer - Kelowna (WHL): The 2010 second round pick was among the final roster cuts for Canada's entry in the World Junior Championships. Since starting the season in Minnesota and being reassigned to Kelowna, Bulmer has racked up 23 points (11-12=23) in 15 games to rank second on the team in scoring. He is currently riding a six-game scoring streak.
D Josh Caron - Everett (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing was traded to Everett after playing 20 games with Kamloops and registering six assists, 88 penalty minutes and a +9 rating. In does not have a point in four games with Everett.
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): The seventh round pick (191st overall) in the 2011 Draft has missed the last nine games due to injury. Prior to getting hurt, he put up 12 points (4-8=12) in 16 games thus far this season.
D Colton Jobke - Regina (WHL): The 2010 free agent has two goals and an assist over his last two games and now leads the club with six power play goals. He has now posted seven goals and eight assists through 32 games.
C Zack Phillips - Saint John (QMJHL): The first round pick (28th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft was cut from Canada's World Junior Evaluation Camp earlier in the week. He has played in 30 games with Saint John this season and amassed 51 points on 17 goals and 34 assists. He now ranks sixth in the League in scoring and third in assists.
C Charlie Coyle - Boston University (Hockey East): San Jose's first round pick in 2010 (28th overall) was named to Team USA's preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships. In 16 games with BU, he ranks tied for second on the team with 11 assists and a +7 rating. He's also tallied three goals.
C Anthony Hamburg - Omaha (USHL): The seventh round pick (193rd overall) in the 2009 Draft put up a goal and an assist against Muskegon on Saturday, bringing his point total to nine (2-7=9) in 22 games.
LW Erik Haula - Minnesota (WCHA): The seventh round pick (182nd overall) in 2009 put up three assists in Minnesota's split with Michigan Tech over the weekend. He ranks second on the team and tied for seventh in the nation in scoring with 25 points (9-16=25) in 20 contests. He is a +12 on the year.
D Sean Lorenz - Notre Dame (CCHA): Fourth round pick (115th overall) in 2008 has notched owns eight points (2-6=8) in 19 games and leads the team with 19 blocked shots.
LW Mario Lucia - Penticton (BCHL): Second round pick (60th overall) in 2011 Draft now ranks tied for second in the league in scoring with 55 points (22-33=55) in just 28 games. He notched two goals and two assists over his last two games.
D Nick Seeler - Muskegon (USHL): Fifth round pick (131st overall) in 2011 has put up eight points (2-6=8) in 19 games.
F Jason Zucker - Denver (WCHA): Second round pick (59th overall) in 2010 Draft has been named to Team USA's preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships. He posted two goals and an assist in a win over Bemidji State on Friday, which brings his point total to a team-leading 23 on 10 goals and 13 helpers. He has now posted eight multi-point games this season.
D Jonas Brodin - Farjestads BK Karlstad (Sweden): The first round selection (10th overall) in the 2011 Draft has been named to Sweden's World Junior Championship roster. He has posted five assists in 30 games and is a +5, which is tied for the team lead.
F Mikael Granlund - HIFK Helsinki (Finland): The first round selection (ninth overall) in 2010 ranks second in the league in both points (38) and assists (22) in 30 games. He is a +18 on the season.
D Bjorn Krupp - Cologne (Germany): The 2009 free agent signing has notched six assists through 24 games.
RW Johan Larsson - Brynas (Sweden): The second round selection (56th overall) in the 2010 Draft has been named to Sweden's World Junior Championship roster. He ranks thrid on his team in scoring with 23 points (7-16=22) in 31 games. He ranks 10th in the League in assists.
Dennis Endras - HIFK (Finland): Played six games with Houston of the AHL, going 3-2-1 before being assigned to HIFK in the Finnish League. In five games with HIFK, he's 3-2-0 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (Sweden): The sixth round pick (159th overall) in the 2010 Draft has been named to Sweden's World Junior Championship roster. He currently ranks fourth in the League with a 1.99 goals against average and a .919 save percentage through 19 games played.
Stephen Michalek - Harvard (ECAC): The sixth round pick (161st overall) in 2011 is 4-2-2 after stopping 31 shots in a 4-3 win over Princeton on Saturday. He owns a 3.10 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.