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This is Jason Zucker. Looks good in that sweater, right?
This is Jason Zucker. Looks good in that sweater, right?

Each week, the Wild PR staff send out an update on each of the players they consider "prospects" that are spread across the globe. We have not published these stats here on Hockey Wilderness, for reasons even we do not know. We just didn't. We change that practice this week.

After the jump you will find stats on players in the CHL, the US College ranks, and for players overseas. If a player you are looking for is not on the list, it is likely because the Wild no longer consider them a prospect, ven though they may own the rights to that player.

Who is your favorite prospect? Let us know in the comments.

Glen Andresen, editor of Wild.com also posts his take on this report each week. Make sure you visit Wild.com for the latest.

First the stats from Wild PR:

CHL

TEAM

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

NOTES

LW Brett Bulmer

Kelowna      (WHL)

37

13

17

30

-9

56

Registered five points (1-4=5) in two games to begin the week and was held scoreless in two others as Kelowna posted a 2-2-0 record. Ranks 3rd in points among Rockets skaters.  

D Josh Caron

Kamloops (WHL)

2

0

0

0

+4

6

 Suffered a broken collar-bone 9/25. He is now expected to return in two weeks. 

LW Kris Foucault

Calgary        (WHL)

33

13

11

24

-6

37

Recorded one goal in four games and now ranks T-2nd in points and 3rd in goals among Hitmen skaters.

D Colton Jobke

Kelowna      (WHL)

31

1

6

7

+2

54

Snapped a 12-game scoreless streak with an assist vs. Spokane (1/1). He also registered a +1 rating and four PIM last week.

D Bjorn Krupp

Belleville (OHL)

33

1

6

7

-15

35

Held scoreless while picking up two PIM and recording a -2 rating in three games for the Bulls.

RW Dylen McKinlay

Chilliwack     (WHL)

21

2

7

9

-1

27

In four games he totaled three points (1-2=3), including his first multi-point game of the season (1-1=2) 1/2.

COLLEGE/USHL

TEAM

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

NOTES

C Anthony Hamburg

Colgate (ECAC)

7

0

3

3

-4

4

Was held out of the Colgate lineup for both games last week. The Raiders next face Quinnipiac (1/7).  

LW Erik Haula

Minnesota   (WCHA)

18

3

12

15

+7

14

Ranks T-3rd among Finnish players with five points (3-2=5) in five games at the World Junior Championship. Finland’s final game in the tournament will be vs. Switzerland for 5th place (1/4). He leads the Gophers in assists and is 5th in points.

D Sean Lorenz

Notre Dame (CCHA)

22

2

4

6

+12

24

Dished out an assist on the third period, game-tying goal as Notre Dame and Boston University skated to a 3-3 tie (1/2).  He ranks 3rd on the team in plus/minus rating.

D Kyle Medvec

Vermont       (HE)

15

1

2

3

-7

22

Recorded two points (1-1=2), including the game winning goal, in a 3-1 victory over Harvard (1/2).

F Jason Zucker

Denver   (WCHA)

20

14

7

21

+11

26

Has scored one goal in three games at the World Junior Championship. He sat out two games after suffering an injury 1/27, but returned for the semi-finals. The U.S. will play Sweden in the Bronze Medal Game (1/5). He ranks 1st in WCHA play and T-5th in the nation in goals. Named WCHA Freshman of the Week 12/7 and 12/14.

INTL

TEAM

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

NOTES

F Mikael Granlund

HIFK Helsinki (Finland -    SM-liiga)

13

3

9

12

-2

4

Recorded an assist in his first game since returning from injury (12/30). He was sidelined the previous 21 games (10/16-12/28).

RW Johan Larsson

Brynas  (Sweden – J20 Super Elit)

10

6

9

15

+8

8

Has totaled three points (1-2=3) in five games at the World Junior Championship. Sweden will play the U.S. in the Bronze Medal Game (1/5).  

Brynas

(Sweden –

Elitserien)

24

0

2

2

E

10

F Jere Sallinen

Blues Espoo (Finland -    SM-liiga)

31

3

6

9

+6

22

Recorded three shots and was held pointless in a pair of games as Blues went 1-1-0 last week. Blues is 14-12-9 good for 7th place in the 14-team league.

GOALTENDERS

TEAM

GP

MIN

GAA

W-L-OTL

GA

SV%

NOTES

Dennis Endras

Augsburger (Germany -DEL)

28

1667

3.24

13-13-2

90

0.897

Went 2-0-0 this past week, including a season-high 53-save performance in a 4-3 win over Iserlohn (12/30). In his second win of the week he stopped 31 of 32 shots allowing less than two goals for the first time since 9/10.

Johan Gustafsson

VIK (Sweden - Hockey Allsvenskan)

14

840

2.36

 

33

0.912

Has not appeared for Sweden at the World Junior Championship.  

Darcy Kuemper

Red Deer      (WHL)

34

1986

1.99

24-8-2

66

0.926

Accrued a 2-1-0 record last week, including a 23-save performance for his sixth shutout of the season (12/30). He currently ranks 1st in the WHL in wins, GAA, SV% and shutouts. Named CHL Goalie of the Week for the period of 10/4-10/10.

 

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World Junior Championships:

The first thing everyone should note, and hopefully already knew, is the number of prospects taking part in the World Junior Championships in Buffalo. Jason Zucker, as we showed you, was knocked out for two games after a dirty hit from a Slovakian player. He would have been a force, as he was playing well before the US was knocked into the bronze medal game by some small country to the north.

Mikael Granlund would have participated had he not been concussed in his regular league. He is now back playing for his Finnish team, and has picked up right back where he left off. If you are not excited about this kid yet, may I ask why not?

Johan Larsson has performed well for the Swedes, and you will get a good look at him tomorrow in the bronze medal game against the US. Honestly, with the way the US played yesterday, it would not be surprising to see Larsson score five goals. Will be interesting to see a Swede and a Finn get along with the Wild. That is, assuming they both make the jump across the pond.

 

Final Thoughts:

It is nice to see Kyle Medvec score a goal. The last time I saw him play was last year here at the NCAA regional. He was a pylon of Skoula degree. For such a big man, he was not throwing his weight around, which was ultimately disappointing. He may still have something in him, but it doesn't look good.

Finally, the goalies in the system are impressive. Endras is a name you will want to get to know. He will either be with the Wild or the Aeros next year. In fact, you could see Theodore get traded at the deadline, Borat move up, and Endras come across to play with the Aeros to finish up the season.

If you don't think Darcy Kuemper is ready to make the jump to pro hockey, you are losing your marbles. Look at the numbers he is putting up. If I were a betting man, I would see a Wild depth chart at goalie next season that looked like this: Niklas Backstrom / Endras in Minnesota, and Matt Hackett and Kuemper in Houston. I have nothing to support this, but it certainly looks like a possibility.

We'll bring you the updates as we get them, and again, make sure you check out Wild.com for the latest.