Prospecting for gold

  • Updated: December 11, 2011 - 10:18 PM

PROSPECTING FOR GOLD

A look at the Wild's prospects for the World Junior Championship:

• Jonas Brodin, defenseman, has five points in 30 games for Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League and is tied for the team lead with a plus-5.

• Brett Bulmer, winger, has 11 goals and 23 points on Western Hockey League Kelowna, ranking third in scoring despite playing in 15 of 30 games.

• Charlie Coyle, a sophomore forward, has three goals and 10 assists in 15 games for Boston University. He was on the U.S. team last year.

• Mikael Granlund, a center for IFK-Helsinki, is second in the Finnish Elite League with 38 points, second with 16 goals and second with 22 assists in 30 games. He is tied for third with a plus-18.

• Johan Gustafsson has a 1.99 goals-against average (sixth in the Swedish Elite League) and .919 save percentage (third) in 18 games for Lulea. He is tied for first in the SEL with four shutouts.

• Johan Larsson, a left winger, has seven goals and 23 points in 30 games for SEL Brynas in Sweden. He is tied for fourth in the league with 16 assists and is 10th in points.

• Zack Phillips, a center, has 17 goals and 51 points in 30 games on Saint John, the fifth-leading scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He had a league-leading 22-game point streak end Dec. 4 (13 goals, 41 points).

• Jason Zucker, a sophomore winger, leads Denver University in goals (10) and points (23) in 16 games and was on the past two U.S. junior teams.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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