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Erik Haula was a slight forward out of Minnesota prep hockey factory Shattuck-St. Mary's in 2009 when the Wild made the Finnish native a seventh-round NHL Draft pick.
There's no better example of Minnesota's development as an organization than Haula's progress since he was taken as a flier in 2009. Haula grew stronger through three years at the University of Minnesota and became a key contributor for the Wild in the playoffs this season.
Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher's efforts to replenish the organization's prospects manifested with a second-round playoff appearance and one of the deepest pools of 25-and-under talent in the NHL.
"It's hard to know," Fletcher said at his season-ending press conference of the development timeline for prospects. "I expected it over time. Sometimes, you never know when that time will be. Certainly, you look at some of the young guys, they still have relatively limited experience in the NHL, and yet ...
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The Minnesota Wild were appreciative of the opportunity for Erik Haula to play for his native Finland in the World Championships.
Haula is returning to Minnesota with more than just international experience, however. Haula, the Wild's rookie forward, suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his jaw while playing in the gold medal game this weekend.
The Wild announced Haula's fracture...
The July 1st start date for NHL free agency is nearly a month away and the Minnesota Wild seem poised to make another big splash in the talent pool. This year’s class of unrestricted free agents is both talented and deep, giving the Wild many options on who to pursue. With some less than desirable contracts coming off the books, Minnesota has the money available to resign necessary...
Afternoon from South Minneapolis, where I'm actually on the set of a pilot being shot co-starring Wild fan and Super Troopers actor Erik Stolhanske. If you want to read about the project, check out this post. There are currently six Vikings here shooting a scene as I punch my iPhone.
Some Wild news: Center Erik Haula, who left the day after the playoffs to represent Finland...
This is one of the dirtiest cross-checks that I have seen this season. It was blatant, and one could make that argument that it was an attempt to injure. Uh-yeah! Obviously, the cross check by Russian forward Evgeni Malkin on Finland's Erik Haula injured him. Malkin broke Haula's jaw.According to Michael Russo of the Star and Tribune, Haula will not need surgery, that is...
Erik Haula sustains a nondisplaced fractured jaw at worlds after cross-check by Evgeni Malkin. #mnwild says 3-4 week recovery.
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) May 28, 2014
Watch the incident below... Continue reading "Video- Erik Haula Fractured His Jaw At The IIHF World Championship"