Fresh off signing Granlund, the Nashville Predators have also signed Erik Haula, the top remaining UFA centre left on the market
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 23, 2020
The Nashville Predators Sign Erik Haula
Over his seven-year NHL career, Erik Haula has played for the Minnesota Wild, Vegas Golden Knights, Carolina Hurricanes, and the Florida Panthers. He has recorded 85 goals and 90 assists for 175 career points in 405 career games. Haula was originally drafted in the seventh round, 182 overall of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild.
Last season, he split time with the Hurricanes and the Panthers. At that time, he scored 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points. Only two of those points were with Florida through seven games. He also added 22 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 49.8 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 0.3.
Looking to the Future
Unprotected back during the Vegas expansion draft, Haula has improved his game tremendously since his time in Minnesota. After his break-out season in the desert, Haula has proven he is a great addition to any offence’s bottom-six. His point production has slid as of late. Yet his possession numbers overall still make him a viable option especially coming out of the free agency. He is An older guy with tons of postseason experience. Since entering the league in 2013-14, Haula has never missed the postseason, which does include the 2020 Qualifying rounds with Florida.
Overall, Haula knows his way around the defensive zone. In the past three seasons, he has an average of 51.9 percent of his starts in the defensive zone. Complementing that, his on-ice save percentage at even strength is 90.3 percent in the same amount of time. The Predators have added a great depth player to their line-up who knows how to help keep the puck out of the net.