Erik Haula
Erik Haula
29-Year-Old CenterC
Nashville Predators
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Haula put up 24 points in 48 games split between the Hurricanes and the Panthers in 2019-20. The 29-year-old burst onto the scene in 2017-18 with 55 points for the Golden Knights, but he's now on his third team in the last two years. Haula should slot into the third-line center role for the Predators, and if he can produce at a similar pace to last year, he'll have a chance for 30 points in the shortened 56-game season. Injuries are almost always a factor with Haula, however, so fantasy managers that invest in him should expect to need a replacement at some point. If he can get power-play time in Nashville, he'll be worth a late-round pick in deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Predators in December of 2020.
Not chipping in offensively
CNashville Predators
January 23, 2021
Haula has just a single assist in four games this season.
ANALYSIS
Haula scored a respectable 12 goals and 24 points in 48 combined games with the Hurricanes and Panthers last season, but he clearly hasn't quite settled in with his new team yet. He's currently averaging roughly 15 minutes per game centering the Preds' third line, with a healthy 2:24 coming on the power play, so he should start finding the scoresheet soon enough.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:04
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:18
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:39
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
16:35
2:22
0:09
2019–20
15:51
2:33
0:39
2019–20
15:41
0:49
1:25
2020–21
15:04
3:18
1:39
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Haula was squarely among the league's biggest breakout performers in Vegas' inaugural season, with the crafty Finn uncorking a career-high 29 goals and 26 assists -- including 19 power-play points -- through 76 games. Unfortunately, Haula experienced a violent collision against the boards which ended his 2018-19 campaign in early November and required surgery. The 28-year-old will round out his recovery with Carolina, as the Hurricanes acquired him in a pre-draft trade for Nicolas Roy and a 2021 fifth-round selection. Haula should fit in nicely with a franchise that has a rich history of grooming Finnish players, but the seventh-year pivot comes with substantial risk given all the unknowns about his health and conditioning.
Haula had a breakout season in Vegas after being left exposed by the Wild in the expansion draft. The 27-year-old exploded for 29 goals in 76 games and became a staple in the top-six and on the power play. Haula struck 12 times with the man advantage during the regular season but cooled off during the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final. While another season in the 30-goal range might be unlikely, Haula has proved over the last three years that he's a capable and consistent scorer. If he remains in his role in the top-six and on the power play, Haula should once again be a productive fantasy asset.
A versatile forward who possesses devastating speed, Haula’s made good as a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft, but he’s never quite proven good enough to lock down a steady top-six role. Still, he saw his responsibilities grow with Minnesota last year (although his point production and rating both fell) before the Golden Knights claimed him in the expansion draft and signed him to a new three-year deal. Haula’s new team will likely follow the Wild’s example, using him as a checking center or two-way winger who can move up and down the lineup while doing his best work on the penalty kill. Vegas isn't expected to be a good team, especially in terms of scoring depth, so Haula will have a hard time returning much fantasy value in 2017-18.
If there’s one player on the Wild who deserves more ice time, it’s Haula – 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 season’s final 30 games and delivered the goods: 10 goals and 13 assists. That’s 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, Haula’s stuck with the third-line job unless or until he can overtake the veteran for top-six minutes. That won’t come quickly, but if Haula can keep scoring while maintaining last year’s dramatic improvement in faceoffs (45.4 percent to 53.3), it’s going to get harder and harder to deny him the role he’s 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.
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On ice for practice
CNashville Predators
January 9, 2021
Haula (personal) joined his teammates for practice Saturday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Will miss start of camp
CNashville Predators
Personal
January 2, 2021
Haula (personal) will miss the start of the Predators' training camp, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Headed for Music City
CNashville Predators
December 23, 2020
Haula penned a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Nashville on Wednesday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
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Packs bags for Florida
CFlorida Panthers
February 24, 2020
The Hurricanes sent Haula, Lucas Wallmark and prospects Chase Priskie and Eetu Luostarinen to Florida for center Vincent Trocheck on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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Two points with man advantage
CCarolina Hurricanes
February 8, 2020
Haula scored a goal and dished an assist, both on the power play, in Saturday's 6-5 shootout win over the Golden Knights.
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