Minnesota Wild Prospects Report: 11/9/2011

You're our only hope, Luke.

The Minnesota Wild are not known the world over for their high quality farm system. That is, of course, changing and we here at Hockey Wilderness put a great deal of stock in the prospects. Are we being sold a bill of goods, or are these kids really something to be excited about? Thankfully, we have Dan's weekly prospect posts, and we have our weekly update directly from the Wild.

We will do our best keep you informed on the prospects, and make sure to watch Wild.com for their take, as well.

For now, make the jump for the report from the crack Wild PR staff, and a few comments from us.

Our Thoughts

  • The first thing that caught my eye was Brett Bulmer is back on the report. It is still a bit of a disappointment the kid was sent back to juniors, but there must be a plan in place, so we shall hold our disappointment and continue on. Please note, however, that he is doing well playing against the children in the WHL.
  • Tyler Gravoc is having some strong success in his junior campaign, being selected to play in the super series. Just another seventh round pick doing well. No big deal.
  • Zach Phillips has 31 points in 17 games? Is that even allowed?
  • Coyle is working a point per game trend. That should be acceptable.
  • Haula leads the nation in scoring. Seriously, if you still don't know who this kid is, you better start paying attention.
  • Lucia has a two points per game trend going. Should be interesting to see if his tune up for college works out for him.
  • Zucker's 10 points in 8 games is not stellar, but it still pretty good. He is on Twitter, and was not happy with his performance last weekend. Hopefully that bodes ill for his opponents this week.
  • Granlund is just being Granlund. It's only a matter of time, folks.
  • Johan Larsson is quietly having a great season. How this guy continues to be over looked is beyond me.
  • Goaltenders in the system are having pretty darn good seasons. GAAs below two, and winning games. That's what you like to see.

All in all, the report has a positive vibe to it. There are a handful of players that are wholly unimpressive, but that is going to happen with any team. Focus on the guys you know are the future of the team. In other words, probably not Jobke. Things look pretty good, if still a few years away.

Here's the report:

FUTURE MINNESOTA WILD STATISTICS - NOVEMBER 9, 2011 CHL

TEAM

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

NOTES

LW Brett Bulmer

Kelowna (WHL)

2

2

2

4

1

4

Posted four points (2-2=4) including SHG and was a +2 in first game with Kelowna this season, a 6-5 win vs. Portland (11/4). Reassigned to Kelowna (10/31) after notching three assists, six PIM and a +1 rating in nine games with Minnesota.

D Josh Caron

Kamloops (WHL)

16

0

5

5

+9

59

Leads Kamloops with 59 PIM.

C Tyler Graovac

Ottawa 67's (OHL)

12

4

7

11

+4

11

Chosen to represent Team OHL against Team Russia in the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series, which begins Nov. 10.

D Colton Jobke

Regina Pats (WHL)

18

4

4

8

0

24

Contributed a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over Prince Albert, Oct. 23.

C Zack Phillips

Saint John (QMJHL)

17

12

19

31

+21

15

Currently on a 10-game point streak (8-13=21), fifth longest in the league, dating back to Oct. 14. Ranks tied for sixth in the league in points. Leads team in points and assists.

COLLEGE/USHL

TEAM

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

NOTES

C Charlie Coyle

Boston University (HE)

7

1

8

9

+9

6

Ranks second on team in points and leads in assists. Had four points on the weekend vs. Massachusetts and owns four multiple-point games.

C Anthony Hamburg

Omaha (USHL)

9

1

2

3

+1

18

Recorded his first point of the season on a goal at Youngstown, Oct. 29.

LW Erik Haula

U. of Minnesota (WCHA)

10

7

10

17

+10

10

Leads nation in points for the third straight week. Tallied two goals and an assist in a 5-0 win at Alaska Anchorage, Oct. 28.

D Sean Lorenz

Notre Dame (CCHA)

8

2

2

4

+4

2

Scored the game winner and went +3 vs. Rensselaer, Oct. 21. Ties for second on team with five blocked shots.

LW Mario Lucia

Penticton (BCHL)

15

10

20

30

0

10

Ranks T-third in league in points and T-second in assists. Chosen for the 2011 U.S. Junior Select Team that is competing at the World Junior A Challenge, Nov. 7-13.

D Nick Seeler

Muskegon (USHL)

10

1

2

3

-6

2

Scored his first goal of the season in a 6-5 win at Sioux Falls, Oct. 15.

LW Jason Zucker

Denver (WCHA)

8

4

6

10

+2

14

Ties for team lead in points and goals. Tallied two goals and an assist in a 10-2 win over Minnesota State, Oct. 22.

INTL

TEAM

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

NOTES

D Jonas Brodin

Farjestads BK Karlstad (SEL)

20

0

3

3

+5

8

Leads team in plus-minus rating. Selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

C Mikael Granlund

HIFK

(SM-liiga)

18

6

15

21

+4

4

Leads team in assists and total points, and ranks second in points and T-first in assists in league. Recorded a hat-trick in a 4-3 win over Jokerit, Oct. 12.

D Bjorn Krupp

Cologne (DEL)

16

0

3

3

-2

24

Signed as a free agent Sept. 18, 2009. Son of Uwe Krupp.

LW Johan Larsson

Brynas (SEL)

20

5

12

17

-1

12

Ranks second among teammates in points and ties for lead in assists. Tied for fifth in league in points and second in assists.

GOALTENDERS

TEAM

GP

MIN

GAA

RECORD

GA

SV%

NOTES

Johan Gustafsson

Lulea HF (SEL)

13

777

1.85

-

24

.926

Ties for league lead with four SO. Ranks third in GAA and sixth in SV% in league.

Darcy Kuemper

Ontario (ECHL)

3

185

1.62

3-0-0

5

.936

Ranks third in the league in GAA. Has stopped 73 of 78 shots faced in three starts for the Reign.

Stephen Michalek

Harvard (ECAC)

1

59

4.04

0-1-0

4

.895

Saw first regular season action, saving 34 shots in a 4-3 loss at Princeton (11/4).

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