The Minnesota Wild have locked up another talented Finnish forward with the announced signing Sunday of Erik Haula to an entry-level contract. According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, it's a three-year deal.
The former University of Minnesota star, a seventh-round pick by Minnesota in the 2009 NHL Draft, will join the Houston Aeros, the Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate.
The 22-year-old collected 16 goals, 51 points, a plus-20 rating and 14 penalty minutes in 37 games during his junior season at the University of Minnesota. He served as an alternate captain and led the Gophers in points, assists and plus-minus rating, and ranked second in goals.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound player ranked second in the NCAA in assists and tied for fourth in scoring, and was named to the 2012-13 All-WCHA Second Team and the All-WCHA Academic Team.
Internationally, Haula collected four goals and three assists in six games for Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship. He helped Finland claim the bronze medal at the 2009 Under-18 World Championship, totaling three goals and one assist in six games.