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Wild Prospects Report - April 11

Wednesday, 04.11.2012 / 11:24 AM / Minnesota Wild | Features
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Houston Aeros (33-24-16, 82 pts., T-6th place in the Western Conference) - The Houston Aeros went 1-1-1 last week, losing 4-2 vs. Chicago (4/6), winning 4-2 vs. Peoria (4/7) and losing 2-1 in a shootout vs. Milwaukee (4/8). G Matt Hackett started in all three games, saving 79 of 85 shots. C Carson McMillan (1-1=2) and RW Jon DiSalvatore (1-1=2) each put up two points in Houston’s victory over Peoria (4/7), while C Cody Almond notched the game winner. RW Nick Palmieri posted two points on the week (1-1=2), totaling five points (3-2=5) in his last five games. DiSalvatore was also named to the 2011-12 AHL Second All-Star Team. The Aeros’ regular season comes to a close this week as the team plays its final three games: at Oklahoma (4/13), vs. San Antonio (4/14) and vs. Texas (4/15). 

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Canadian Hockey Leagues

LW Brett Bulmer - Kelowna (WHL): The 2010 second-round pick (39th overall) was assigned to Houston of the AHL on April 1 after Kelowna was eliminated from playoffs. He has a goal and an assist in three games with the Aeros. He led Kelowna with five points (1-4=5) in three playoff games. Kelowna lost to Portland in the first round. Bulmer finished the regular season ranked second on team in total points despite missing 19 games.

D Josh Caron - Everett (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing was assigned to Houston of the AHL on April 2 after Everett was eliminated from playoffs. He scored once in four playoff games with Everett, losing out to Tri City in the first round.

C Charlie Coyle - Saint John (QMJHL): San Jose's first-round pick in 2010 (28th overall) ranks second in the league in points (10-10=20) and leads in goals through seven playoff games. Saint John leads Baie-Comeau 3-0 in the second round.

C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): The seventh-round selection (191st overall) in the 2011 Draft has six points (2-4=6) in nine playoff games. Ottawa trails Barrie 2-1 in the second round. He posted three points (1-2=3) in the opening game against Barrie (4/6).

D Colton Jobke Regina (WHL): The 2010 free agent was assigned to Houston of the AHL on April 4 after Regina was eliminated from playoffs. He has played in two games with the Aeros. Collected 10 penalty minutes in five playoff games. Regina lost to Moose Jaw the first round of playoffs. Jobke finished the regular season ranked second on Regina in penalty minutes and fourth in power play goals (8).

C Zack Phillips Saint Johns (QMJHL): The 2011 first-round selection (28th overall) leads the league in points (6-16=22) and assists after seven playoff games. He was named the CHL Player of the Week (4/8). Saint John leads Baie-Comeau 3-0 in the second round.

College/USHL


C Anthony Hamburg - Omaha (USHL): The seventh-round pick (193rd overall) of the 2009 Draft has 13 goals and 24 assists in 53 games. He has helped Omaha clinch a spot in the USHL playoffs.

LW Erik Haula - Minnesota (WCHA): The seventh-round pick (182 overall) of the 2009 Draft finished the season ranked first on the team (49) and ninth in the nation in points. Haula had at least one point in his last seven games (6-6=12) to help the Gophers advance to the NCAA Frozen Four.

D Sean Lorenz - Notre Dame (CCHA): The fourth-round pick (115th overall) in 2009 signed an AHL contract with Houston and has played in two games with the Aeros. Finished his final season at Notre Dame with three goals and 10 assists in 37 games. The team captain led the squad with 48 blocked shots. Lorenz finished his college career with 155 games played, nine goals and 25 assists.

LW Mario Lucia - Penticton (BCHL): The second-round selection (60th overall) in 2011 ranks third in playoffs points (6-10=16) and is the playoff leader in assists after 14 games. Penticton leads Powell River 3-0 in the BCHL finals. He finished the regular season ranked third in the league in points and tied for first in goals. Named to the BCHL Second All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team.

D Nick Seeler - Des Moines (USHL): The fifth-round pick (131st overall) in 2011 leads team defensemen in scoring. He has two goals and 10 assists in 24 games with Des Moines. He began the season with Muskegon where he played 32 games and posted 15 points.

F Jason Zucker - Denver (WCHA): The second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2010 Draft signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild. He had two assists in six games with Minnesota. Finished the season second in scoring on Denver. He ended the season tied for 15th in nation in points (46) and tied for 13th in nation in goals (22).

International

D Jonas Brodin - Farjestads BK Karlstad (Sweden):
The first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2011 Draft tallied two goals in 11 playoff games, his first goals of the season. Team lost to Brynas in the second round. Notched eight assists in 49 regular-season games.

F Mikael Granlund - HIFK Helsinki (Finland): The first-round pick (ninth overall) in 2011 posted two assists in four playoff games. Team lost to Jokerit in the second round. Finished regular season sixth in the league in points, 11th in goals, seventh in assists and T-11th in plus-minus rating. He totaled 51 points (20-31=51) in 45 games.

D Bjorn Krupp - Cologne (Germany): The 2009 free agent signing lost to Berlin in the second round of playoffs. Finished regular season ranked 3rd on team in PIM. He had eight assists in 48 regular-season games.

LW Johan Larsson - Brynas (Sweden): The second-round selection (56th overall) in the 2010 Draft was named the Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year. Brynas leads Skelleftea 1-0 in the finals. He has four points (1-3=4) in 11 playoff games. Finished regular season ranked third on Brynas in points (36) and assists (24). 

Goaltenders

Dennis Endras - HIFK (Finland):
The 2010 free agent signing lost to Jokerit in the second round of playoffs, posting a .926 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average in four games. Finished regular season ranked T-5th in league in save percentage and sixth in goals against average.

Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (Sweden):
The sixth-round pick (159th overall) in the 2010 Draft helped lead his team to first place during the regular season, but was ousted in the first round of the playoffs. He finished the regular season ranked fifth in save percentage and second in goals against average.

Stephen Michalek - Harvard (ECAC):
The sixth-round pick (161st overall) in 2011 was named to the second-team All-Ivy League and ECAC All-Rookie Team in his first year at Harvard. Finished with a 7-7-8 record, a 3.13 goals against average and a .894 save percentage.




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