October 10th Wild Prospect Update

Another week, another dose of prospect optimism. This week's update looks at a first-hand report on Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula sounding nothing like a Finn and Mario Lucia's college choice.

-Mikael Granlund continues to tear up SM-Liiga as he now has 14 points in 8 games and it seems every week he has something new to talk about. This week he has a highlight package.


Did anyone else know that Nelly had a song which samples the NBA on NBC theme?

-Mario Lucia has committed to Notre Dame. He also is up to 6 goals and 6 assists in 7 games (4 G - 3 A in the last week) but for now lets just remember the present Penticon Vee is going to his father's alma matter rather than playing for his father.

-Speaking of Wild draft picks playing for Don Lucia, Erik Haula scored three goals and two assists in this weekend's 9-0 and 6-0 wins over Sacred Heart. Erik is second on the team in points; however honestly I wasn't as impressed with him as I thought I would be. Skating still seems to be an issue as Haula was burned multiple times. In fact, one of his goals ended up happening because he was in the right place after being burned and Jake Hansen was able to get a takeaway. Of course Haula is a long-term project like any 7th round draft pick, but the numbers don't tell the whole story.

However here is Haula speaking after Saturday's game (video comes from MN Hockey News):



-Jonas Brodin remains the only Farjasted defenseman with s postive +/- and averages 19 minutes per game. In comparison, fellow 2011 first round pick Oscar Klefbom averages one-third of the minutes.

-Charlie Coyle picked up two assists in a 5-0 shutout over New Hampshire. Daniel Chan from Hockey Wilderness was at the game and had this to say about Coyle:
At first, wasn't too impressed at Coyle because I was expecting some great offensive game from it, but as the game progressed, I realized it just wasn't his style.

Standing at 6-2 207lbs, he looked big and used his size very effectively and efficiently. It was clear he was dominant physically; he would bully players easily. He would win battles along the boards, keep the cycle going, force loose pucks in the defensive zone or just give a good, solid hit.

He also displayed solid stickhandling skills and speed but nothing to gawk about. But had good hockey sense to make small, simple plays.

Overall, I question whether he can become a top line player because I just didn't see much offense from him but he definetly was dominant in using his size effectively and efficiently. Didn't make any unnecessary decisions. Could use 2/3 more years in college to develop some offense when BU top line center Corey Trivino leaves (he's a senior). Could develop a very good 2-3 centerman.


-The arrival of #3 pick Johnathan Huberdeau has not hurt Zack Phillips as the Wild first round pick has 4 goals and 6 assists in 6 games.

-Jason Zucker played another exhibition against the US National Development Team as Denver opens their regular season next weekend against Boston College and Boston University. Saturday should be interesting as Zucker and Charlie Coyle will be facing each other in a battle between top-five Wild prospects.

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