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02-25-2013, 04:17 PM
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I wouldn't consider myself a smart prospect person but dancchan is and when I mentioned it last page he agreed.
dancchan has a bigger hard on for Gilmour than any player I've ever seen him talk about Simply saying "he agreed" is a bit of an understatement.

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dancchan has a bigger hard on for Gilmour than any player I've ever seen him talk about Simply saying "he agreed" is a bit of an understatement.

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Any of the smart prospect people think Gilmour could be a nice sleeper?
I remember reading a lot about him after the draft, and he reminded me of Cuma, high character, smart kid. Hopefully he'll have a rosier future than poor Tyler [good pick, horrible luck].

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eh, maybe. I'm starting to think Graovac could be a good 3rd or 4th line center
If he ever fills out that frame he could be a real steal. You gotta love the progress he's made.

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He's[Gilmour] got the size and it looks like he has some skill...the best part is that he's playing college hockey so the Wild have a while to let him develop at BC before they need to give him a roster spot with Houston.
Other folks have said it before, but having your lower round picks develop in college is a terrific idea for big guys that might bloom a bit later.

On another note, I am very happy the Wild hung on to Gustafsson. He's a kid who has held his own, if not excelled, vs. men at a tender age. Our darkest horse prospect IMO.

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02-28-2013, 08:19 AM
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wild prospect report; http://wild.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id...id=DL|MIN|home do you think haula will play another year at the U?

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02-28-2013, 08:43 AM
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wild prospect report; http://wild.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id...id=DL|MIN|home do you think haula will play another year at the U?
I think he's already said himself that he's going pro after this season is done.

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02-28-2013, 08:54 AM
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I think he's already said himself that he's going pro after this season is done.
Yeah, I'm not sure what another year of College Hockey would do for him, developmentally speaking. He's ready to play in the AHL right now.

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02-28-2013, 08:58 AM
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Yeah, I'm not sure what another year of College Hockey would do for him, developmentally speaking. He's ready to play in the AHL right now.
Actually Haula is pretty close coming back to Finland to play in the FEL. Rumours say Oulun Kärpät is very intrested in Erik.

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Actually Haula is pretty close coming back to Finland to play in the FEL. Rumours say Oulun Kärpät is very intrested in Erik.
Interesting....do you have any sources (in English)? Because I've seen quotes from Haula, himself, that he is looking forward to join the Wild organization.

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02-28-2013, 09:08 AM
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Interesting....do you have any sources (in English)? Because I've seen quotes from Haula, himself, that he is looking forward to join the Wild organization.
I don't, but a Finnish magazine called Veikkaaja stated that Kärpät is trying to get Haula to Oulu. Just a rumour, but this magazine is quite often pretty well aware of these things... Maybe he makes a contract with the Wild and then is loaned to Finland, don't know for sure.

E:Actually Porin Ässät (Haula's youth team) is also intrested in Erik, so well see... But if I had to guess, he plays in Finland next season.

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02-28-2013, 09:21 AM
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I think that was brought up back in december, didn't Haula say he wasn't interested?

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02-28-2013, 09:38 AM
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I think that was brought up back in december, didn't Haula say he wasn't interested?
I've no idea, but the amount of money Erik would get playing in Finland is hard to reject.. Compared to AHL salaries, not NHL of course. But AHL would be the league for Haula in NA, hard to see him making the Wild.

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02-28-2013, 09:42 AM
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I've no idea, but the amount of money Erik would get playing in Finland is hard to reject.. Compared to AHL salaries, not NHL of course. But AHL would be the league for Haula in NA, hard to see him making the Wild.
I think Haula could make the Wild after spending one season (two at the most) with the Aeros. I definitely see him as an NHL player in the future.

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02-28-2013, 09:49 AM
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I think Haula could make the Wild after spending one season (two at the most) with the Aeros. I definitely see him as an NHL player in the future.
Yes, ofcourse. I never said he won't make the NHL. I meant it's hard to see him make the Wild next season. If Erik decides to play a year or two in the FEL, that doesn't turn down the NHL option. Ofcourse the NHL is Haula's goal and he wants to make the Wild, but there's many paths to do it. One of them is the AHL, one of them is the FEL.

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02-28-2013, 10:02 AM
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I think that was brought up back in december, didn't Haula say he wasn't interested?
You are right, as long as I remember. There were news in Finnish media that Haula was offered 200 000 € (thats a lot of money for a FEL player!) by Kärpät, Oulu and Ässät, Pori. He turned them both down, as he said he wanted to stay in the North America.

According to some newspapers, at least.

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02-28-2013, 10:07 AM
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Yes. There were news in Finnish media that Haula was offered 200 000 € (thats a lot of money for a FEL player!) by Kärpät, Oulu and Ässät, Pori. He turned them both down, as he said he wanted to stay in the North America.

According to some newspapers, at least.
That's what I thought, thanks. It wouldn't make sense if, he wants to play for the Wild, to go back to Finland when he could be learning the Wild's system and getting the occasional call to the NHL when/if needed before he can lock down a roster spot of his own.

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I'm guessing he turns pro at the end of the year and signs his ELC. He'll probably be in Houston 1-2 seasons, and depending on how he does, eventually goes to the Wild or if it ain't happening, Finland.

You don't come to America to go to prep school, then play college hockey, then bolt for Europe again.

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Luleå gets the win in a 10 goal game against AIK. Gustafsson manages 40 saves and comes out with a .909 SV%. Gunnarsson gets two assists and logs over 20 min TOI. Full stats here.

Also some Finnish guy got a hat-trick in the first period...

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Gunnarsson's been a pleasant surprise.

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Any of the smart prospect people think Gilmour could be a nice sleeper?

yes yes yes.

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Gonna be darn tough for Haula to make this squad in a few years. He's gonna have to outplay a lot of players.

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Eh, dunno about those third and fourth lines. A player like Haula could bump a Torrey Mitchell.

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part of article on top ahl prospects by espn insider writer corey pronman

Johan Larsson, C/W, Minnesota Wild (Houston)
Larsson came into his own last season with a tremendous 19-year-old campaign in the Swedish Elite League, where he displayed significant offensive potential and advanced game processing. His first year in North America has gone fine. He hasn't lit the league on fire in the AHL, but he's been a good two-way player who has displayed his competitiveness as well. Larsson is a player with very good hockey sense at both ends of the rink. One NHL source likes him a lot because he has a lot of elements to his game that give him all-around value. He got a call-up for one game already with the Wild, and when they need to go back to Houston, he's likely the top option at forward.

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