Houston Aeros 2012-13 Record: 40-26-5-5, 90 points, 4th Place in South Division, 6th Place in Western Conference
Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Five)
No. 6 Houston Aeros versus No. 3 Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1: Friday, April 26 – 7:05 p.m. at Houston
Game 2: Sunday, April 28 – 5:05 p.m. at Houston
Game 3: Wednesday, May 1 – 8 p.m. at Grand Rapids
Game 4*: Friday, May 3 – 8 p.m. at Grand Rapids
Game 5*: Saturday, May 4 – 8 p.m. at Grand Rapids
All times CT
* if necessary
Houston finished the regular season with a 40-26-5-5 record and 90 points. RW Justin Fontaine led the Aeros with 56 points (23-33=56) in 64 games this season, while LW Jason Zucker posted a team-leading 24 goals. C David McIntyre led Houston with a +19 rating.
LW Raphael Bussieres - Baie-Comeau, (QMJHL): The Wild's second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is T-13th in playoff scoring with 15 points (4-11=15) in 12 games. Baie-Comeau is tied with Blainville-Boisbriand in the semifinals, 2-2. In 60 games this season Bussieres has 68 points (29-39=68) and is plus-27.
D Mathew Dumba - Red Deer (WHL): Played in three games with Houston after being reassigned April 15. Posted 42 points (16-26=42) in 62 games with Red Deer.
C Tyler Graovac - Ottawa/Belleville (OHL): Graovac is T-3rd in OHL playoff scoring with 20 points (6-14=20) in 12 games. Belleville faces Barrie tonight, trailing the third-round series, 3-1. Signed an entry-level contract with Minnesota April 2. Awarded 2012-13 William Hanley Trophy (OHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player). Graovac finished the regular season T-9th in the OHL with 38 goals and had 73 points (38-35=73).
D Colton Jobke - Regina (WHL): Finished his second season with Regina. Had surgery to repair severed tendons in his left hand after being injured Nov. 9, returned Dec. 29.
D John Draeger - Michigan State (CCHA): Finished his freshman season at Michigan State after the Spartans dropped their CCHA Quarterfinal series at Miami in three games. In 42 games, Draeger had 10 points (1-9=10).
RW Adam Gilmour - Muskegon (USHL): Minnesota's fourth-round selection in June's NHL Entry Draft tallied a goal and a plus-1 rating in three playoff games as Muskegon was swept by Dubuque. Gilmour led Muskegon in assists, points and +/- rating.
LW Erik Haula - U. of Minnesota (WCHA): Posted two assists in six games with Houston. Signed an entry-level contract with the Wild April 7.
LW Mario Lucia - Notre Dame (CCHA): Helped Notre Dame to the CCHA Championship and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team. In his freshman season for Notre Dame, Lucia tallied 23 points (12-11=23).
LW Louis Nanne - Penticton (BCHL): Nanne is T-2nd on Penticton with 12 points (6-6=12) in 15 playoff games as the Vees fell to Surrey in double-overtime of the Fred Page Cup Finals.
D Nick Seeler - Nebraska-Omaha: Seeler finished his freshman season as Nebraska-Omaha fell to Minnesota State in three games in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. Seeler played in 31 games recording 9 points (2-7=9) and was plus-7.
RW Christoph Bertschy - SC Bern (Swiss): Finished with two goal in 20 playoff games for Bern.
D Daniel Gunnarsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Fell to Skelleftea in the finals of the SEL playoffs.
Johan Gustafsson - Lulea HF (SEL): Fell to Skelleftea in the finals of the SEL playoffs. Gustafsson finished the regular season ranked fourth amongst all Elite League goalies in GAA and fifth in SV%, having stopped 787-of-847 shots.
Stephen Michalek - Cedar Rapids (USHL): Posted seven wins in his first season with Cedar Rapids.