• Back at practice Tuesday

    News: Erik Haula (groin) practiced Tuesday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
    Analysis: Erik Haula originally tweaked his groin in practice last week. At 24 years old, he is an important depth player in a high-powered Wild offense.
  • (Groin) Skating on own

    News: Erik Haula (groin) skated on his own Sunday and is scheduled to again Monday with a goal of returning to a full practice Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: It's not clear if he'll be ready for Thursday's first regular season game. If not, he'll begin the season on injured reserve.
  • Tweaks groin in practice

    News: Erik Haula tweaked his groin in practice and is unlikely to play in Wednesday's preseason game, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: The former seventh-round pick has been one of the biggest surprises for the Wild over the past two seasons. While he's not much of a point scorer and regressed a bit from his strong start to his NHL career, he's an important part of the team's depth. The Wild will hope to get him back on the ice sooner rather than later, as the injury appears not to be serious.
  • Wild, Haula Reach Agreement On New Deal

    News: Erik Haula signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Wild on Sunday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Rather than take their contract dispute to court, Erik Haula and the team were able to come to terms on a new agreement before the arbitration case was slated to be heard. Haula, who was the last of the Wild's unrestricted free agents, is now expected to be penciled in as the team's fourth-line center to open the upcoming campaign.
  • Wild's Haula Tallies Goal In Elimination Loss

    News: Erik Haula scored his first goal of the playoffs in Thursday's season-ending Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: The second-year man didn't see much action in the playoffs, dressing for only two games, but he did his part in this one despite losing nine of 11 faceoffs. The 24-year-old Finn has been a productive scorer in the college and AHL ranks, and the Wild will look for him to contribute more next season.
  • Wild's Haula Won't Play Thursday

    News: Erik Haula won't play Thursday against the Rangers, but likely will play Saturday against the Red Wings, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: With the Wild getting back several injured players, Huala's playing time will be spotty in the final weeks of the season.
  • Wild's Haula Records Multi-Point Game

    News: Erik Haula recorded his second straight multi-point game Saturday, scoring his seventh goal of the season and picking up an assist in a win over Colorado.
    Analysis: While he's been hot these past two game, Erik Haula had recorded just one point in his previous 15 games. Considering he skates on the fourth line and has just 12 points in 55 games on the season, the 23-year-old currently only has fantasy value in the deepest of leagues.
  • Wild's Haula Snaps Slump

    News: Erik Haula finished with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's win over the Preds.
    Analysis: The Finnish forward had gone five games without a point and had just a lonely goal in his last 15 games. He's got little to no fantasy value right now, but Erik Haula has been a successful scorer at the University of Minnesota and AHL Iowa, so he does have long-term upside.
  • Wild's Haula Sees Limited Ice Time

    News: Erik Haula was on the ice for just 6:38 in Tuesday's loss to Edmonton, as he likely had his playing time cut after helping to allow a goal in the second period, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Erik Haula has been in and out of the coach's doghouse for defensive lapses, so he could be stuck on the bench again. The addition of Sean Bergenheim could also cause Huala to see reduced playing time.
  • Wild's Haula Gets Off Bench

    News: Erik Haula had two shots on goal in 10:58 of ice time in Sunday's win over Vancouver.
    Analysis: Erik Haula has been stuck on the bench as he was inactive the previous two games. However, he'll likely get ice time while Justin Fontaine remains out with a groin injury.