Erik Haula, Minnesota Wild, 7th round, 182nd overall
|Haula was drafted in 2009 by the Wild|
possible, but this season his unselfish play really impressed me. He played like a real team-first player this year and his skill is undeniable. He has great vision on the ice, and is a pretty good puck handler. With the Wild being in playoff contention, I would doubt Haula will see any ice with the Wild this season, but rather play for the Houston Aeros and get some legitimate ice time in preparation for next season. The Wild forwards are deep this year in comparison to the past, so Haula might have to wait a few years to find himself a regular in the lineup, but if he does well with Houston, he may see a few call ups next year and get a few games in.
Mark Alt, Philadelphia Flyers, 7th round, 200th overall (Carolina Hurricanes)
|Mark Alt playing with the Gophers|
score sheet. This season, Alt did not register a goal, and had seven assists. While usually steady defensively, Alt did take a small step back this year. He struggled sometimes tying players up in front and let offensive players get behind him. Not known as an offensive defenseman during his career thus far, I think Alt will do fine at the next level if he keeps his focus on playing solid defense. He has a big body and good instincts. Like Haula, Alt likely won't have a shot at the Flyers lineup until next season, but I think it might take him at least two before he can play at that level.