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Wild Prospects Report - April 18

Wednesday, 04.18.2012 / 12:03 PM / Minnesota Wild | Features
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Wild Prospects Report - April 18


The Houston Aeros face Oklahoma City in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs - The Houston Aeros went 2-1-0 last week to clinch the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, losing 2-1 at Oklahoma City (4/13), and winning 5-3 vs. San Antonio (4/14) and 2-1 vs. Texas (4/15). D Chay Genoway led the Aeros with four assists on the week, while LW Kris Foucault (2-1=3), RW Justin Fontaine (1-2=3) and C Jeff Taffe (1-2=3) posted three points each. G Matt Hackett went 2-1-0, saving 75 of 81 shots. RW Jon DiSalvatore finished the regular season ranked T-13th in goals (28) and T-14th in points (61) in the AHL. Fontaine ranked fourth among defensemen (T-18th overall) in assists (39), and Hackett ranked 16th in GAA (2.38). Houston will face the first-place Oklahoma City Barons in the first round of playoffs beginning Thursday (4/19) on home ice.   

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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 six games with the Aeros. Houston faces Oklahoma City in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

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. Houston faces Oklahoma City in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

C Charlie Coyle - Saint John (QMJHL): San Jose's first-round pick in 2010 (28th overall) ranks second in the league in points (11-10=21) and T-first in goals in eight playoff games. Saint John will face Chicoutimi in the QMJHL semifinals.

C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): The seventh-round selection (191st overall) in the 2011 Draft has eight points (3-5=8) in 13 playoff games. Ottawa will face Niagara in the OHL semifinals. Scored the game winner in game six vs. Barrie (4/15).

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. Houston faces Oklahoma City in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

C Zack Phillips Saint Johns (QMJHL): The 2011 first-round selection (28th overall) leads the league in points (6-17=23) and assists in eight playoff games. Named CHL Player of the Week (4/8). Saint John will face Chicoutimi in the QMJHL semifinals.

College/USHL


C Anthony Hamburg - Omaha (USHL): The seventh-round pick (193rd overall) of the 2009 Draft has 13 goals and 25 assists in 55 games. Omaha will face Waterloo in the quarterfinals of 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. Houston faces Oklahoma City in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.

LW Mario Lucia - Penticton (BCHL): The second-round selection (60th overall) in 2011 helped the Vees claim the Fred Page Cup, finishing playoffs T-third in the league in points (6-10=16) and T-first in assists in 15 games. He finished the regular season third in the league in points and T-first in goals. Named BCHL Second All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team.

D Nick Seeler - Des Moines (USHL): The fifth-round pick (131st overall) in 2011 finished the season leading team defensemen in total scoring. He scored two goals and added 11 assists in 26 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 is expected to play for Team Finland in the upcoming World Championships. He 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 has eight points (2-6=8) in 15 playoff games. Brynas leads Skellefteå 3-2 in the SEL finals. He was named the Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year. 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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