Erik Haula
Erik Haula
27-Year-Old CenterC
Vegas Golden Knights
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 3/21/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year deal with Vegas in June of 2017 for $2.75 million per season.
Begins skating
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March 6, 2019
Haula (lower body) has resumed skating on his own, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Getting back on the ice is a step in the right direction for Haula, though his return is far from imminent. The center will need to rejoin his teammates at practice and start taking contact before he is activated off injured reserve. Once cleared to play, the Finn will be hard-pressed to earn a top-six role, especially following the addition of Mark Stone at the trade deadline.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Could begin skating soon
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February 25, 2019
Haula (lower body) is expected to start skating soon, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
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Not dealing with ACL injury
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December 14, 2018
Haula (lower body) underwent surgery last month, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. "It wasn't an ACL as some people reported," Golden Knights GM George McPhee said. "It's just an atypical injury for hockey."
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Out a couple more months
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December 3, 2018
Haula (lower body) is back in Vegas and on crutches. While he hasn't been ruled out for the season, head coach Gerard Gallant says he won't play for a couple months, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
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Deemed month-to-month
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November 14, 2018
Haula is considered month-to-month, according to coach Gerard Gallant, due to his lower-body issue, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
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Designated for injured reserve
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November 13, 2018
Haula (lower body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 6, per the NHL media site.
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