Wild Prospects Report - Dec. 21
Wednesday, 12.21.2011 / 12:04 PM / Minnesota Wild | Features
Houston Aeros (16-5-9, 41 points, 2nd place in the West Division, 2nd most points in AHL) - The Aeros went 1-1-1 last week, winning 4-1 vs. Texas (12/16), losing 3-2 in a shootout at Oklahoma City (12/17), and losing 6-3 vs. Rochester (12/18). C Jeff Taffe recorded an assist in each game for a team-leading four points on the week (0-4=4). D Drew Bagnall (1-2=3) and RW Jon DiSalvatore (2-1=3) both had three points on the week. G Matt Hackett returned to the net for Houston after playing in two games with the Minnesota Wild. He went 1-1-0 on the week, saving 42 of 48 shots faced. He ranks 10th in the league in GAA (2.26) and SV% (.922). G Darcy Kuemper went 0-0-1, stopping 20 of 22 shots and two of four in the shootout. The Aeros take on Texas tonight (12/21), followed by a games vs. San Antonio (12/26).
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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 is tied for second on team in total points despite missing 17 games. On a nine-game point streak (10-5=15), the longest current streak in the league, dating back to Nov. 26.
D Josh Caron - Everett (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing was traded to Everett after playing 20 games with Kamloops and registered six assists, 88 penalty minutes and a +9 rating. He hasn't registered a point in Everett but ranks thrid in WHL in PIM (102 total).
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): The seventh round pick (191st overall) in the 2011 Draft returned to the ice on December 17 after missing 11 games with sickness/injury. Represented Team OHL in the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series, helping his team to a 10-7 win vs. Team Russia on Nov.10.
D Colton Jobke - Regina (WHL): The 2010 free agent leads his team with seven power play goals. Contributed three points (2-1=3) in the last two games, including two goals in a 6-5 win at Edmonton on Dec. 18.
C Zack Phillips - Saint John (QMJHL): Signed an Entry-Level contract with Minnesota on December 19. Scored points in 29 of 32 games. Is tied for second in plus-minus rating, tied for fourth in assists and sixth in scoring in the QJMHL. Tallied 41 points (13-28=41) during league-best 22-game point streak (Oct. 14 to Dec. 4). Had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win at Moncton on Dec. 18.
C Charlie Coyle - Boston University (Hockey East): San Jose's first round pick in 2010 (28th overall) will represent Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Will skate for Saint John (QMJHL) after World Juniors. Was tied for second on BU in assists and plus-minus.
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. He is tied for the team lead in penalty minutes.
LW Erik Haula - Minnesota (WCHA): The seventh round pick (182nd overall) in 2009 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 and has put up eight multiple point games.
D Sean Lorenz - Notre Dame (CCHA): Fourth round pick (115th overall) in 2008 has scored 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 leads the league in points. Has four goals in last two games, including a hat trick vs. Rowell on Dec. 17. Represented the U.S. Junior Select Team at the World Junior A Challenge, tallying tournament five points (4-1=5), good for third in the tournament.
D Nick Seeler - Muskegon (USHL): Fifth round pick (131st overall) in 2011 has put up nine points (2-7=9) in 21 games including an assist to force overtime in a 3-2 win at Indiana on Dec. 18.
F Jason Zucker - Denver (WCHA): Second round pick (59th overall) in 2010 Draft will represent Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. He leads the team and is tied for ninth in the nation in points. Has eight multiple-point games. Scored in a 3-2 overtime win at St. Cloud State on Dec. 16.
D Jonas Brodin - Farjestads BK Karlstad (Sweden): The first round selection (10th overall) in the 2011 Draft will represent Team Sweden at the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. He has posted five assists in 30 games and is a plus-5, which is tied for the team lead.
F Mikael Granlund - HIFK Helsinki (Finland): The first round selection (ninth overall) in 2010 will represent Team Finland at the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Ranks second in league in points (38) and assists (22). Has eight points (6-2=8) in last six games.
D Bjorn Krupp - Cologne (Germany): The 2009 free agent signing has notched seven assists through 26 games.
RW Johan Larsson - Brynas (Sweden): The second round selection (56th overall) in the 2010 Draft will represent Team Sweden at the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. He ranks third on team in points (23) and second (16) in assists. Ranks 10th in 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 will represent Team Sweden at the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. He ranks eighth in the league in save percentage (.919) and fourth in goals against average (1.99).
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 Dec. 10. He owns a 3.10 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.