The Houston Aeros were eliminated in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, falling in four games to the first-ranked Oklahoma City Barons in the best-of-five series. LW Brett Bulmer registered two playoff points (1-1=2), including the game-winning goal in the Aeros’ lone victory, a 1-0 road win (4/22). C Cody Almond tied for the team lead with two points (1-1=2), while D Nate Prosser and LW Kris Foucault scored a goal each. G Matt Hackett started twice, saving 52 of 58 shots to go 0-2-0. He was injured in game two and missed the remainder of the series. G Mike Brodeur played four games (two starts), going 1-1-0, saving 77 of 84 shots and recording one shutout. RW Jon DiSalvatore finished the regular season ranked tied for 13th in goals (28) and tied for 14th in points (61) in the AHL. RW Justin Fontaine ranked tied for sixth in rookie scoring (55) and Hackett ranked 16th in GAA (2.38).
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LW Brett Bulmer - Kelowna (WHL): The 2010 second round pick (39th overall) was assigned to Houston of the AHL on April 1 after Kelowna was eliminated from playoffs. He had a goal and an assist in two playoff games against Oklahoma City.
D Josh Caron - Everett (WHL): The 2010 free agent signing was assigned to Houston of the AHL on April 2 after Everett was eliminated from playoffs. Houston was eliminated by Oklahoma City in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.
C Charlie Coyle - Saint John (QMJHL): San Jose's first round pick in 2010 (28th overall) is tied for first in the league in points (11-14=25) and third in goals in 11 playoff games. Saint John leads Chicoutimi 2-1 in the semifinals.
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa (OHL): The seventh round selection (191st overall) in the 2011 Draft has nine points (4-5=9) in 16 playoff games. Ottawa trails Niagara 2-1 in the semifinals. Scored the game winner to force game seven in the second round and was named the first star in games six and seven (4/15-17).
D Colton Jobke Regina (WHL): The 2010 free agent was assigned to Houston of the AHL on April 4 after Regina was eliminated from playoffs. Houston was eliminated by Oklahoma City in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.
C Zack Phillips Saint Johns (QMJHL): The 2011 first round selection (28th overall) leads the league in assists and ranks fourth in points (6-17=23) in 11 playoff games. Saint John leads Chicoutimi 2-1 in the semifinals.
C Anthony Hamburg - Omaha (USHL): The seventh round pick (193rd overall) of the 2009 Draft has registered one assist in two playoff games. Omaha is tied 1-1 with Waterloo in the quarterfinals. He finished the regular season with 13 goals and 25 assists in 55 games.
LW Erik Haula - Minnesota (WCHA): The seventh round pick (182 overall) of the 2009 Draft finished the season ranked first on the team (49) and ninth in the nation in points. Haula had at least one point in his last seven games (6-6=12) to help the Gophers advance to the NCAA Frozen Four.
D Sean Lorenz - Notre Dame (CCHA): The fourth round pick (115th overall) in 2009 signed an AHL contract with Houston and has played in two games with the Aeros. Houston was eliminated by Oklahoma City in the first round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.
LW Mario Lucia - Penticton (BCHL): The second round selection (60th overall) in 2011 leads the team in scoring (3-2=5) against the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) in the Doyle Cup. The Vees are up 2-1 against the Bandits. Helped the Vees claim the Fred Page Cup, finishing playoffs T-third in the league in points (6-10=16) and T-first in assists in 15 games. He finished the regular season third in the league in points and T-first in goals. Named BCHL Second All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team.
D Nick Seeler - Des Moines (USHL): The fifth round pick (131st overall) in 2011 finished the season leading team defensemen in total scoring. He scored two goals and added 11 assists in 26 games with Des Moines. He began the season with Muskegon where he played 32 games and posted 15 points.
F Jason Zucker - Denver (WCHA): The second round pick (59th overall) in the 2010 Draft signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild. He had two assists in six games with Minnesota. Finished the season second in scoring on Denver. He ended the season tied for 15th in nation in points (46) and tied for 13th in nation in goals (22).
D Jonas Brodin - Farjestads BK Karlstad (Sweden): The first round selection (10th overall) in the 2011 Draft tallied two goals in 11 playoff games, his first goals of the season. Team lost to Brynas in the second round. Notched eight assists in 49 regular-season games.
F Mikael Granlund - HIFK Helsinki (Finland): The first round pick (ninth overall) in 2011 is expected to play for Team Finland in the upcoming World Championships. Finland's May 13 game against Team USA will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network at 8:15 a.m. CST. He posted two assists in four playoff games. Team lost to Jokerit in the second round. Finished regular season sixth in the league in points, 11th in goals, seventh in assists and T-11th in plus-minus rating. He totaled 51 points (20-31=51) in 45 games.
D Bjorn Krupp - Cologne (Germany): The 2009 free agent signing lost to Berlin in the second round of playoffs. Finished regular season ranked 3rd on team in PIM. He had eight assists in 48 regular-season games.
LW Johan Larsson - Brynas (Sweden): The second round selection (56th overall) in the 2010 Draft led Brynas over Skellefteå to claim the SEL title. Assisted both goals of the deciding game, a 2-0 Brynas win on April 19. He was named the Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year. Finished regular season ranked third on Brynas in points (36) and assists (24).
Dennis Endras - HIFK (Finland): The 2010 free agent signing lost to Jokerit in the second round of playoffs, posting a .926 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average in four games. Finished regular season ranked T-5th in league in save percentage and sixth in goals against average.
Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (Sweden): The sixth round pick (159th overall) in the 2010 Draft helped lead his team to first place during the regular season, but was ousted in the first round of the playoffs. He finished the regular season ranked fifth in save percentage and second in goals against average.
Stephen Michalek - Harvard (ECAC): The sixth round pick (161st overall) in 2011 was named to the second-team All-Ivy League and ECAC All-Rookie Team in his first year at Harvard. Finished with a 7-7-8 record, a 3.13 goals against average and a .894 save percentage.