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Erik Haula (born 23 March 1991) is a Finnish professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Haula was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round, 182nd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Erik Haula
Erik Haula 2018-02-04 1.jpg
Haula with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018
Born (1991-03-23) 23 March 1991 (age 28)
Pori, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Minnesota Wild
Vegas Golden Knights
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 182nd overall, 2009
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2013–present

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Haula played the 2008–09 hockey season with Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota. There he tallied 24 goals and 55 assists for 79 points in 49 games played. In March 2009, Haula committed to the University of Minnesota. He would be only the second player born outside of North America to play for the Gophers, following future Wild teammate Thomas Vanek of Austria.[1] Three months later, on 27 June 2009, Haula was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round, 182nd overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Before attending the University of Minnesota, however, Haula first played at the junior level in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Omaha Lancers for the 2009–10 season while he attended Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School. His 28 goals and 44 assists with a plus-minus rating of +36 helped lead the Lancers to the Western Division finals. In his sole USHL season, he was named to the All-Star and All-Rookie teams.[1]

After leaving the USHL, Haula totaled 42 goals, 82 assists and 124 points in 114 games during three seasons of college ice hockey with the Gophers. He then decided to forgo his senior year and final season of eligibility to sign professionally with the Wild.

ProfessionalEdit

Minnesota WildEdit

On 7 April 2013, the Minnesota Wild signed Haula to an entry-level contract.[2] During the 2013–14 season on 29 November 2013, the Wild recalled Haula from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) to make his NHL debut, where he scored first NHL point, an assist, and he was named the game's third star in a 3–1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.[3][4] On 9 December, Haula was reassigned to Iowa.[5] In his return to Minnesota, on 18 January 2014, Haula scored his first career NHL goal against the Dallas Stars in the first period. During 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, he scored four goals and three assists in 13 playoff games.

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Haula became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Minnesota Wild made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on 5 July 2015, Haula filed for Salary Arbitration.[6]

The 2015–16 season saw a breakout year for Haula, as he set NHL personal bests in goals, assists, and points, more than doubling his previous highs in all three categories. He centered Minnesota's third line with Nino Niederreiter and Jason Pominville, quickly becoming Minnesota's most effective line offensively as well as acting as a shutdown line against the league's best.

Vegas Golden KnightsEdit

At the completion of his fourth season with the Wild in 2016–17, as a restricted free agent Haula was left exposed for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. After agreeing to a three-year, $8.25 million deal with the Vegas Golden Knights, Haula was Minnesota's required selection for the draft on 21 June 2017. In exchange for selecting Haula, the Knights received prospect Alex Tuch and sent a conditional third-round pick in 2018 to the Wild.[7]

Carolina HurricanesEdit

On 26 June 2019, due to salary cap implications, Haula was traded by the Golden Knights to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for prospect Nicolas Roy and a conditional fifth-round draft pick.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Shattuck-Saint Mary's Midget AAA 49 24 55 79 42
2009–10 Omaha Lancers USHL 56 28 44 72 59 8 2 9 11 2
2010–11 University of Minnesota WCHA 34 6 18 24 22
2011–12 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 20 29 49 30
2012–13 University of Minnesota WCHA 37 16 35 51 14
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 6 0 2 2 2 5 1 1 2 4
2013–14 Iowa Wild AHL 31 14 13 27 14
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 46 6 9 15 29 13 4 3 7 0
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 72 7 7 14 32 2 1 0 1 0
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 76 14 20 34 24 5 1 3 4 2
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 72 15 11 26 28 4 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 76 29 26 55 37 20 3 6 9 27
2018–19 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 15 2 5 7 10
NHL totals 357 73 78 151 160 44 9 13 22 29

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Representing   Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2014 Belarus
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2009 United States
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Finland U17 6th 5 2 8 10 18
2008 Finland WJC18 6th 6 1 3 4 2
2009 Finland WJC18   6 3 1 4 2
2011 Finland WJC 6th 6 4 3 7 10
2014 Finland WC   6 0 1 1 2
2016 Finland WCH 8th 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 23 10 15 25 32
Senior totals 7 0 1 1 2

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Erik Haula Bio". Gophersports.com. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Wild Inks Haula To Entry-Level Deal". Minnesota Wild. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Erik Haula expects to make NHL debut; Mike Rupp leaves Wild for a few days". Minnesota Star Tribune. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Avs post victory over Wild". National Hockey League. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Wild re-assigns Haula to Iowa". Minnesota Wild. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=773987[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "It's official: Vegas inks Haula from Wild in expansion draft". Minnesota Star Tribune. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  8. ^ "St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc honored as WCHA player of the year" (Press release). Western Collegiate Hockey Association. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.

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