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02-05-2014, 07:27 PM
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He's been really impressing me. Glad to see the former Gopher doing well. He deserves to stay when Koivu gets back.

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Praise Granlund Pominville
Niño Koivu Coyle
Zucker Haula Heatley
Cook Brodziak Fontaine
His only weakness he brings is poor faceoff percentage. Unfortunately either Haula or Coyle have to be taken off the dot. I think Coyle should be the one as well. I doubt they drop Brodziak to the 4th line over Haula though.

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02-06-2014, 07:21 AM
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Nice writeup about Haula

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“I feel like I’m taking little steps, learning the ropes,” Haula said. “I said from the beginning that I’ll just try to learn from the older guys and just try to play a good two-way game.”

Tomi Haula is proud of his son.

“He basically knows what he’s doing,” he said. “He’s been here so many years already that, I don’t know how to describe it, he doesn’t need my help too much anymore. It’s like he’s from Minnesota. I don’t think he’s ever going to come back to live in Finland.”

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02-06-2014, 07:46 AM
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His only weakness he brings is poor faceoff percentage. Unfortunately either Haula or Coyle have to be taken off the dot. I think Coyle should be the one as well. I doubt they drop Brodziak to the 4th line over Haula though.
I'm sure he will be working hard over the of season to improve this part of his game. I'm not to worried about that.

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02-06-2014, 09:39 AM
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I like Haula but he's not ready for the NHL yet.

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02-06-2014, 09:44 AM
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I like Haula but he's not ready for the NHL yet.
I think he is. More than Coyle, which is kinda surprising. Haula has been pretty smart and feisty, IMO.

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I think he is. More than Coyle, which is kinda surprising. Haula has been pretty smart and feisty, IMO.
He has 4 points in 24 games and 42% faceoff. Not there yet.

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02-06-2014, 09:51 AM
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He has 4 points in 24 games and 42% faceoff. Not there yet.
True, but he has been playing with Rupp, Mitchell and Veilleux. Give him a shot with a little better players and see how he does.

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02-06-2014, 10:01 AM
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He has 4 points in 24 games and 42% faceoff. Not there yet.
Agreed. While he shows flashes, he's not formally ready for the NHL. I feel like after next year, he'll be our 3C for years to come if he continues to develop at the pace he is though.

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02-06-2014, 10:01 AM
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He has 4 points in 24 games and 42% faceoff. Not there yet.
In a 4th line role. While I agree that his faceoffs deserve some attention, the 4 points aren't indicative of his overall value.

He is effectively killing penalties and playing very good 2 way hockey in a much more limited role than he's used to.

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02-06-2014, 10:07 AM
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In a 4th line role. While I agree that his faceoffs deserve some attention, the 4 points aren't indicative of his overall value.

He is effectively killing penalties and playing very good 2 way hockey in a much more limited role than he's used to.
I see him like a Trevor Lewis-type player. Speedy with good PK skills.

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02-06-2014, 10:20 AM
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He has 4 points in 24 games and 42% faceoff. Not there yet.
Since his Jan call up he has been about 45% take away the games vs NASH which i think was mostly Cullen and Gaustad(people everyone loses to) he is close to 50%. Had one other bad game vs Ottawa.

Not great but holding his own against his own.

I'd rather see Haula, Coyle and Zucker in Houston playing 20+ minutes game. I do not see them learning much playing 10-15 min a game.At this stage i ntheor careers.

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02-06-2014, 10:28 AM
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Yeah that's my thing.

I am by no means saying that Haula/Coyle/Zucker won't be good NHL players, just that they aren't ready yet. Coyle is probably closest to ready, but he's not a center. And I think if you were to drop his minutes and linemates to Haula's situation, his numbers would drop as well.

Ideally, all three would be in Iowa developing their games.

Parise - Granlund - Pominville
Nino - Koivu - Heatley
Cooke - Brodziak - Fontaine
Veilleux - (center) - Mitchell

Then you have Zucker, Haula, Coyle, Phillips, etc in the top six in Iowa. Some of those guys can come up and be Black Aces for the playoff run.

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02-06-2014, 10:36 AM
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I agree with Jarick. Im a guy I know who think "over-ripe" and "patience" is the way to a long NHL career--too many guys are rushed--I do think of he bunch Coyle is closest, mainly based on his size/strength.

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02-06-2014, 10:44 AM
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I don't think a little stint in the NHL right now is hurting Haula's development in any way. Once Koivu comes back we can send him down and he'll have a great idea on what he needs to work on in the AHL and offseason.

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02-06-2014, 10:50 AM
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Really impressive so far with the role he is taking while playing few minutes and in the fourth line + PK, guy is a stud and also scores in breakways, period.

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02-06-2014, 10:54 AM
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I've been bullish on Haula longer than many on this message board, but even I didn't expect that he would see as much NHL action as he has. I've been very impressed with what I've seen. I do think more AHL action will only help him to get better.

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02-06-2014, 11:09 AM
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I've been bullish on Haula longer than many on this message board, but even I didn't expect that he would see as much NHL action as he has. I've been very impressed with what I've seen. I do think more AHL action will only help him to get better.
i didnt think haula would see any big club action this year, hes playing well for a rookie / greenhorn. he really doesnt make many mistakes (knock on wood). see dumba's mistakes for comparison.

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02-06-2014, 11:36 AM
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I don't think a little stint in the NHL right now is hurting Haula's development in any way. Once Koivu comes back we can send him down and he'll have a great idea on what he needs to work on in the AHL and offseason.
I agree completely. And while I think Haula is most likely to end up an elite 3rd liner (2nd tweener), I think some time in Iowa will allow him time to develop his playmaking and scoring skills. With more minutes, I think his ceiling could be a decent 2C, although I think he would make a better impact on the Wild as an elite role player.

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02-06-2014, 12:32 PM
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He has 4 points in 24 games and 42% faceoff. Not there yet.
...logging bottom-6 minutes. He's doing just fine.

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02-06-2014, 01:05 PM
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I like him as an fourth line center..

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02-06-2014, 04:29 PM
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Haula long term is likely a bottom 6 player, so him playing in his projected role is not hurting him at all imo.

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02-06-2014, 05:11 PM
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He's playing great. Absolutely ready for the role he is in.

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02-17-2014, 12:28 PM
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So when I go look at Erik Haula with 24 points in 28 games on a bad Iowa team that leaves him still in the top 3 in scoring on the eam (and within a few points of the lead with 15+ games less played)...what kind of NHL offensive potential do you think we can project on this guy?

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02-17-2014, 12:58 PM
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My guess is third line center, 15 goals, 35-40 points, like a slightly better Brodziak.

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02-17-2014, 01:18 PM
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My guess is third line center, 15 goals, 35-40 points, like a slightly better Brodziak.
I would agree with this....I also see him with spot duty on the top two lines if injuries occur.

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