Erik Haula has signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, giving up his final year of college eligibility.
Haula is the fifth Gopher player to turn pro early this offseason, including four of the team’s top five scorers.
The former Shattuck-St. Mary’s product from Finland led Minnesota in scoring the past two seasons, tallying 49 points as a sophomore and 51 as a junior.
NCHC EARLY SIGNINGS
Scott Mayfield, so, D, New York Islanders
Juho Olkinuora, so, G, Winnipeg Jets
Minnesota Duluth (1)
Chris Casto, so, D, Boston Bruins
Nebraska Omaha (1)
Andrej Sustr, jr, D, Tampa Bay Lightning
North Dakota (1)
Derek Forbort, jr, D, Los Angeles Kings
Western Michigan (1)
Danny DeKeyser, jr, D, Detroit Red Wings
BIG TEN EARLY SIGNINGS
Jacob Trouba, fr, D, Winnipeg Jets
Jon Merrill, jr, D, New Jersey Devils
Nate Schmidt, jr, D, Washington Capitals
Zach Budish, jr, F, Nashville Predators
Nick Bjugstad, jr, F, Florida Panthers
Mark Alt, jr, D, Philadelphia Flyers
Erik Haula, jr, F, Minnesota Wild
Ohio State (1)
Chris Crane, jr, F, San Jose Sharks