2013 HW Midseason Awards Update (Prospect Update 2/12/13)

Hannah Foslien

A quick update to see how some of our top prospects are doing and who are the frontrunners for the HW yearly prospect awards

A few notes:

Darcy Kuemper

If you haven't found out yet, here is what Russo has to say:

Harding, who likely would have gotten the start tonight against the Canucks, will not dress. Instead the team has recalled 22-year-old Darcy Kuemper, who may make his NHL debut tonight.

Can't wait to see our goaltending future on display!

Midterm Awards Update

Best Forward


Charlie Coyle

#63 / Right Wing / Minnesota Wild

6-2

205

3/2/92



GP G A P +/- PIM
Minnesota Wild (NHL)
4 0 0 0 1 2
Houston Aeros (AHL)
44 14 10 24 -9 22

While Mikael Granlund is showing signs to be a top player for the Minnesota Wild, his journey isn't without its bumps and bruises. Granlund continues to work on his board play and learning how to challenge NHL-sized forwards.

For now, the player that has come into the Wild roster and hasn't looked very much out of place is forward Charlie Coyle.

He plays with the stars Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, and while he doesn't have any points, he has shown the ability the protect the puck along the boards and to drive into the zone. His style and strengths work great with how Koivu and Parise play: hardworking and physical.

Best Defenseman


Jonas Brodin

#25 / Defense / Minnesota Wild

6-1

166

7/12/93




GP G A P +/- PIM
Minnesota Wild (NHL)
9
0 3
3
-2
2
Houston Aeros (AHL)
9 2 2 4 2
4

Although this is only a midseason review, I think it will be safe to say that Brodin will win the HW award for best defenseman at the end of the year.

Brodin is playing alongside Ryan Suter on the top pairing. He manages the 3rd highest average ice time amongst Wild defenseman behind Suter and Tom Gilbert. He ranks 2nd in average ice time with 22:14, right behind Oilers Justin Schultz. He is a key player on the penalty kill and when Yeo decides to put him on the powerplay (its stupid that he isn't already), he'll be unstoppable.

Best Goaltender


Darcy Kuemper

Goaltender / Minnesota Wild

6-4

195

5/5/90




GP W L OT
GAA
Sv %
Houston Aeros (AHL)
16
10
6
0
1.79
0.938

Most of the time, you would select Matt Hackett. He did put up a great performance last season with the Wild and has played the most games with the Aeros this season.

But Kuemper has been on fire this half of the season. Absolutely on fire.

Kuemper is 2nd in the AHL with save percentage and goals against average. Last week, he went on a 1-1-0 record with a 0.984 save percentager.

He has been called up to the Wild in favor of Hackett and while see his debut tonight against the Canucks.

Under The Radar


Adam Gilmour

Right Wing / Muskegon Lumberjacks

6-2

193

1/29/94




GP G
A
P
+/-
PIM
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
46
15
20
35
17
10

I loved this pick from day one because I was able to catch a number of games when he was playing in high school, and he has not disappointed.

Most people do not know who he is, but at the moment, he is leading the Muskegon Lumberjacks in points and goals scored. He has scored 15 goals and 20 assists in 46 games. He is committed to Boston College and will arrive next season.

Most Improved


Darcy Kuemper

Goaltender / Minnesota Wild

6-4

195

5/5/90




GP W L OT
GAA
Sv %
Houston Aeros (AHL)
16
10
6
0
1.79
0.938

Is it really fair to give Kuemper two awards? If he keeps this up, it sure is.

Kuemper started this season in the ECHL in order to get more icetime because the Aeros already had a starting goaltender in Hackett and a NHL backup in Harding.

Unfortunately, Harding was diagnosed with MS and have to be watched carefully day to day. At the current moment, Harding will not be able to play, opening up a spot on the Wild roster temporarily.

Well, Kuemper slowly found his way to Houston, slowly outplayed the assumed clearcut starter in Hackett, slowly outplayed the entire AHL, and is now heading his way to Vancouver to play with the Wild in his debut start.

And here is the prospect update

NHL


Pos Age Ht Wt Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG S
Mikael Granlund C/W 20 5.10 180 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 11 1 2 3 4 -2 0 0 15





Houston Aeros (AHL) 21 8 13 21 8 -4 4 0 40
Jonas Brodin D 19 6.01 166 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 9 0 3 3 2 -2 0 0 10





Houston Aeros (AHL) 9 2 2 4 4 2 0 0 13
Marco Scandella D 22 6.02 190 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 6 1 0 1 4 -1 0 0 7





Houston Aeros (AHL) 24 1 10 11 13 2 0 0 56
Charlie Coyle RW/C 20 6.02 205 Minnesota Wild (NHL) 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 5





Houston Aeros (AHL) 44 14 10 24 22 -9 5 0 69

Minor League


Pos Age Ht Wt Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG S
Jason Zucker LW 21 5.11 180 Houston Aeros (AHL) 45 19 22 41 43 -8 10 1 172
Justin Fontaine RW 25 5.10 160 Houston Aeros (AHL) 37 11 20 31 6 8 4 0 75
Johan Larsson C/LW 20 5.10 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 48 13 14 27 24 1 5 1 63
David McIntyre LW/C 26 6.00 190 Houston Aeros (AHL) 48 11 11 22 26 17 0 0 104
Chay Genoway D 26 5.09 177 Houston Aeros (AHL) 46 4 14 18 37 11 2 0 63
Zack Phillips C/RW 20 6.00 175 Houston Aeros (AHL) 45 2 12 14 4 -12 0 0 73
Kris Foucault LW 22 6.01 202 Houston Aeros (AHL) 26 5 6 11 2 -7 3 0 37
Steven Kampfer D 24 5.11 197 Houston Aeros (AHL) 25 0 9 9 16 -14 0 0 55
Jarod Palmer RW 27 6.00 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 17 2 6 8 26 6 0 0 19
Chad Rau C 26 5.11 175 Houston Aeros (AHL) 34 5 3 8 4 0 0 0 28
Tyler Cuma D 23 6.02 180 Houston Aeros (AHL) 33 1 7 8 14 -5 0 0 32
Carson McMillan RW/C 24 6.01 200 Houston Aeros (AHL) 37 3 5 8 19 5 0 0 42
Joel Broda LW/C 23 6.00 196 Houston Aeros (AHL) 28 2 2 4 22 -5 0 0 45
Brett Bulmer RW 20 6.03 185 Houston Aeros (AHL) 29 2 2 4 35 -12 0 0 42
Kyle Medvec D 24 6.05 191 Houston Aeros (AHL) 26 4 0 4 19 1 0 0 31





Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) 12 3 4 7 16 2 0 0 27
Josh Caron D 22 6.02 215 Houston Aeros (AHL) 11 0 0 0 7 -1 0 0 0





Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) 25 1 1 2 41 -4 0 0 12

Canadian Junior Leagues


Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Shots
Raphael Bussieres LW 19 6.01 195 Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 48 24 31 55 28 22 6 0 160
Tyler Graovac C 19 6.03 179 Belleville Bulls (OHL) 13 6 9 15 6 13 2 0 -





Ottawa 67s (OHL) 30 21 14 35 8 -16 5 2 -
Matt Dumba D 18 6.00 183 Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 48 12 17 29 61 1 3 1 -
Colton Jobke D 20 6.00 175 Regina Pats (WHL) 25 2 14 16 48 -1 0 0 -

USA/BCHL


Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Shots
Adam Gilmour RW 19 6.02 193 Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) 46 15 20 35 10 17 4 0 122
Erik Haula C/LW 21 5.11 170 U of Minnesota (WCHA) 25 13 22 35 8 8 3 0 96
Louis Nanne LW 18 5.10 162 Penticton Vees (BCHL) 37 17 17 34 14 - 4 0 -
Mario Lucia LW 19 6.02 187 Notre Dame (CCHA) 21 9 9 18 10 -1 4 0 40
Nick Seeler D 19 6.00 170 U of Nebraska Omaha (WCHA) 26 2 5 7 47 5 1 0 35
John Draeger D 19 6.02 186 Michigan State (CCHA) 30 1 4 5 14 -10 1 0 45
Anthony Hamburg RW 21 6.01 185 Rochester Inst. of Tech (AHA) 23 3 7 10 12 0 0 0

European


Pos Age Height Weight Team GP G A P PIM +/- PPG SHG Hits
Cody Almond C/LW 23 6.02 199 Geneve-Servette (NLA) 34 8 19 27 50 5


Daniel Gunnarsson D 20 6.04 191 Lulea (Elitserien) 46 6 6 12 14 5 3 0 9
Christoph Bertschy C 18 5.10 170 Bern (NLA) 36 3 2 5 16 2







Bern U20 (Elit Jr) 2 2 1 3 2



Bjorn Krupp D 21 6.02 189 Kolner Haie (DEL) 30 1 6 7 16 8


Goaltender


Age Height Weight Team League GP Min GA SO GAA W L SOL/T SA Svs Sv%
Johan Gustafsson G 20 6.02 202 Lulea Elitserien 29
51 3 1.73 17 12 0 728 677 0.930
Matt Hackett G 22 6.02 170 Houston Aeros AHL 34 2026 92 0 2.72 14 16 3 950 858 0.903
Darcy Kuemper G 22 6.04 195 Houston Aeros AHL 16 940 28 4 1.79 10 6 0 448 420 0.938




Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 3 184 8 0 2.61 0 2 1 113 105 0.929
Stephen Michalek G 19 6.02 196 Cedar Rapids USHL 17 992 51 0 3.09 7 6 3 508.9 458 0.9
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