26-Year-Old Center – Vegas Golden Knights
Erik Haula Contract Information:
Signed a three-year deal with Vegas in June of 2017 for $2.75 million per season.
Haula scored his sixth goal of the season and added an assist in Thursday's win over the Canucks.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
If thereís one player on the Wild who deserves more ice time, itís Haula Ė despite averaging just 12:44 per game last year, he experienced a major spike in production, posting 14 goals, 20 assists and a team-best (by far) plus-21 rating over 76 games. The majority of that came after he saw his role increase early in February, as Haula averaged 15:38 of ice time over the seasonís final 30 games and delivered the goods: 10 goals and 13 assists. Thatís plenty enough to spark wonder about what he might be able to do with a full season of top-six minutes. Unfortunately, with the Wild having imported Eric Staal this offseason, Haulaís stuck with the third-line job unless or until he can overtake the veteran for top-six minutes. That wonít come quickly, but if Haula can keep scoring while maintaining last yearís dramatic improvement in faceoffs (45.4 percent to 53.3), itís going to get harder and harder to deny him the role heís earned.
Haula got hot at times last year with two games of back-to-back multiple points. However, he also was in the coach's doghouse too often for defensive lapses. He's just 24 and his role could grow in his third season. However, he may spend too much time on the fourth line or the bench for most fantasy leagues.
Haula emerged as a serious player for the Wild in his rookie season, though it wouldn't seem so based on the surface numbers. During the season, he played just 46 games, posting six goals and nine assists. But it's his play at the end of the season and during the playoffs that's worthy of note here. He had played respectably throughout most of the campaign, but an injury to Mikael Granlund in the final month elevated him to the second-line center role. He thrived in that capacity, ultimately posted four goals (including one game-winner), three assists and 29 shots over 13 playoff games. With Granlund back in the fold, Haula is slotted into a third-line role to start the season, and he could surprise if injuries force him to move up the depth chart again. He's still a bit of an unknown, but he could be a killer sleeper pick in a very late round of your draft.
Haula played six games for Houston of the AHL last spring after finishing a strong career at the University of Minnesota (51 points in 37 games his final season). He'll likely begin the season in the AHL, but drew praise from the coaching staff and could be called up early in the season.