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Freshmen Spotlight: Erik Haula
In 2009, Haula was selected by the Minnesota Wild as the first pick in the seventh round of the NHL draft.
Last year, Haula made a smooth transition into the USHL while playing for the Omaha Lancers. While playing for the Lancers, Haula racked up 28 goals and an amazing 44 assists for 72 points in 56 games. His 72 points was fifth best in the USHL. Haula's smooth transition to the USHL is a good sign that he will be able to contribute early for the Gophers.
Haula plays a great style of hockey that his centered around his speed and playmaking ability. At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, Haula will not be the biggest guy on the ice. What he lacks in ideal size he makes up for with his passing.
In an interview with hockeysfuture.com, Haula explained that his passing is one of the best parts of his games. He said, "I think I've got pretty good vision on the ice and I can find linemates pretty good."
Haula could be a player in the mold of Jacob Cepis, or former Gophers, Tyler Hirsch and Ben Gordan. All three players were some of the best at making the right pass to their teammates. Haula's skillet is suited for the college game where he could excel for a number of years for the Gophers.
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