Erik Haula

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  1. ThinMcWhistle

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    Who's this guy? The article states he is in the same draft year as Rajala, and is just about as good. Never heard of him before. :dunno:


    7. Erik Haula (B-Junior, Assat)
    5'8, 156 lbs/Born Febuary 23rd, 1991

    A late surprise last season, Erik Haula's C-Junior debut as a 14 year-old was overshadowed by Rajala. However, as Haula's equal and even superior in the early rounds, there is no doubt competition at the top of the Finnish 1991 class. Haula's ability to both finish and create with aplomb make a dangerous weapon every shift.
     
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    Haula is a very talented player from Pori. He was already one of the best players in B-juniors SM-liiga (mostly 89-90 borns) last season (13g+19a=32p). He's very good with the puck (hard to get it from him), has good hockey sense, skates pretty well, creates game & can finish also. I don't think he has any big weaknesses at this point... maybe he could be little more physical...

    In the next season he's going to play with Ässät A-juniors. http://www.assat.com/f.jsp (click "JOUKKUE" & then "A-JUNIORIT")

    Picture of him.
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    Btw. One year ago he was only 170cm (if i remember correctly), but now he's 180cm+something. So he has grown a lot in a year which is good...
     
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  3. He's hitting a growthspurt kinda late isn't he?

    I hope he turns out to be good :)
     
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    Wow, looks like 1991 is brewing up to be an amazing draft year for us Finns. Maybe we will have 2 first rounders in Rajala & Haula?
     
  5. More like 2 top 10'ers

    Rajala could go 3rd overall that year. Both franchise players.
     
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    -91 and -92 age group are starting to look like -83 which is great. Haula getting height is great to hear, that factor might put him closer to first draft pick than Rajala.
     
  7. Faktisti*

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    mayby these 88-90 age groups were just bad and now its getting better with 91- age groups
     
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    Hmmm, lets not get too carried away. Remember the day when Joensuu was supposed to challenge for the #1 spot, but was a surefire top 5? Maybe we should still wait a bit more before saying anyone has franchise-possibilities...
     
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    Yeah, let's at least wait until these guys play full seasons in A-juniors and U18 WJCs.
     
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    I think thats right but i dont think that 88 was bad.
     
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    My interest has been growing in these two players over the past few months (as well as Pulkkinen, but that is neither here nor there). Is there any new news on Rajala and Haula? I've been looking for some video of these 3 for a while, but have come up with nothing, unfortunately... nevertheless, I like what I've heard about them. I'd like to add that none of these boys have the size that joensuu had, which he used to dominate as a younger player. That in my opinion is a good sign for them; I agree it may be too early to be 'hyping' them, but it's at least not too early to talk. I wish them all luck and success at the highest level.
     
  12. Joretus

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    Not really, it seems like Rajala will be playing with A-Juniors(they are all the way up to 20y boys), he could be playing in B-Juniors as well because of his young age, but I think he can make A's already. Pulkkinen will be playing in B-Juniors while he is still technically C-Juniors age. Haula isn't getting much coverage, but I would guess that he would be playing in A-juniors as well if he is so talented as Rajala is.

    edit:One new news is that Rajala will be playing in a cup 14-18.8 with finnish team in Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup(U-18 Tournament while Rajala is one year younger than 90%+ of players).
     
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    Thanks so much for the information, Joretus. It sounds like so far they're progressing nicely... I don't think they should have problems handling the play at their new levels respectively. Is it common for younger players to be playing at higher levels in the Finnish leagues, as you suspect these three will be doing? I'm going to assume this is a similar route that Joensuu took, and the reason he was so highly touted previous to his slight falter. At any rate, I don't see any of these guys having their competition "catch up to them" the way it did to Joensuu, because it's not as if they have huge size advantages over their competition as Joensuu did. Rather it would appear they're just superiorly talented in comparison.
    Overall, being across seas, I'm doing as best as possible to keep tabs on them and wish them tons of luck and success.
     
  14. Joretus

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    Yes it's. It typical for talented players to play against 1-2(or even 3 years when coming to 16-20y)year older players. Even I did play always against 1y older players as junior. There isn't so wide talentpool in Finland than there is in ie. Canada, so best way to have good enough challenge is against older players. Then again it's same situation in Canada in major junior(WHL, QMJHL, OHL).
     
  15. I don't understand why people are hyping -83's so much? I looked at the 2001 draft... nothing so special... Just Tuomo Ruutu.
     
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    83 are Kari Lehtonen, Tuomo Ruutu, Joni Pitkänen, Mikko Koivu, Jussi Jokinen just to name few.
     
  17. Ohh... I was looking at the 2001 draft only... 2002 draft was Lehtonen and Pitkanen. my bad. I forgot about the post-september birthdays. Toivonen, Filpulla, Niinimaki... wow.. great year.
     
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    I think mikko koivu is a better player then tuomu ruutu right now, or he was last season
     
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    Does Erik Haula have the potential to be better than Rajala,Pulkkinen,Granlund, etc?
     
  20. Joretus

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    No, it doesn't seem so.
     
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    But I won't be surprised if he gets drafted ahead of Rajala. There is a little matter that scouts do appreciate. It is playing in a junior league with three letters...
     
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    Didn't heard anything about him a long time now but thats really some great news.
    Hopefully a first rounder! :handclap:
     
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    a small report about haula.

    http://westerncollegehockey.blogspot.com/2008/11/elite-league-nit-report.html
     
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    He was taken by the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Import Draft. I hope he shows potential and can make the team. Calgary may lose a lot of talented players this year. Already gone are Bortis, McMillan and Seabrook (overage). Sonne, Broda, Posta, Plante could also be gone as they have pro contracts and are also 20 year olds. Lots of holes to fill for the Hitmen.
     

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