The Minnesota Wild has recalled forward Erik Haula from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team also announced today forward Mike Rupp has been designated non-roster status and will leave the team for personal reasons.
Haula is T-2nd on Iowa with 10 points (4-6=10) in 18 games this season. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward is expected to make his NHL debut tonight as the Minnesota hosts Colorado at 5 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM. The 22-year-old totaled two assists in six games with Houston (AHL) last season and two points (1-1=2) in five playoff contests. The native of Pori, Finland also totaled 124 points (42-82=124) in 114 games during three seasons at the University of Minnesota (2010-13). Haula was selected by the Wild in the seventh round (182nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and will wear jersey No. 56 with Minnesota.
Rupp has skated in two games with Minnesota this season after missing 24 games with a lower-body injury. The 33-year-old also skated five games with Iowa (AHL) during a conditioning loan. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound native of Cleveland, Ohio, collected four points (1-3=4), a plus-1 rating and 67 penalty minutes in 32 games with Minnesota last season, and skated in four playoff games with the Wild. Rupp was acquired by the Wild from the Rangers on Feb. 4, 2013 in exchange for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.