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The American Hockey League announced today that Houston Aeros goaltender Joe Fallon has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week.

Fallon started 4 times during an important week for Houston and led the team to its first four-game winning streak of the season, allowing just five goals on 125 shots (4-0-0, 1.20, .960). Fallon was loaned to the Aeros on March 4th of this year from the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, prompting the Wranglers to sign Mike Brodeur.

Leading the ECHL with 30 wins and 2,739 minutes played, Fallon has appeared in 47 games for the Wranglers this season. Fallon,was called up to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers for one game in December, and named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 23 – 29. (more…)

Matt Keetley Loaned to Houston Aeros

Posted: March 5, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild

The Bakersfield Condors announced today that goaltender Matt Keetley has been loaned to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

The former Calgary Flames prospect is 12-18-1-2 on the season with a 2.97 goals-against average (GAA) and a .910 save percentage. This is Keetley’s second stint in the AHL this season as he was loaned to Syracuse in January.

Keetley will head to Abbotsford, BC as the Aeros open up a two-game set with the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday morning. Keetley played for the Heat for the past two seasons.

Just on Saturday, fellow ECHL puck stopper Joe Fallon was loaned to Houston.

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The Las Vegas Wranglers announced today that goaltender Joe Fallon has been called up to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

Leading the ECHL with 30 wins and 2,739 minutes played, Fallon has appeared in 47 games for the Wranglers this season. Fallon, 27, was called up to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers for one game in December, and named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 23 – 29.

Fallon is a big goaltender at 6’3 who covers a lot of net. He is a stand-up type with extremely good lateral movement. Fallon displays great confidence, focus and is very consistent. He has the ability to make the second and third saves and does a very good job of controlling his rebounds. He follows plays well and stays square to the shooters. He is also willing to challenge shooters. Fallon is a very good on his angles and does a great job of covering the lower part of the net. His puckhandling ability, which isn’t one of his strongest attributes, is an area that Fallon can improve in. (more…)

Minneosta Wild Depth Chart

Posted: February 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Depth Charts, Minnesota Wild

  1.  Niklas Backstrom
  2. Josh Harding
  3. Matt Hackett
  4. Darcy Kuemper
  5. Dennis Endras
  6. Johan Gustafsson
  7. Stephen Michalek

Matt Hackett

Posted: February 23, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Minnesota Wild

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The Good: Hackett has excellent size and combines that with solid positioning. He has a long way to go, but has shown a willingness to accept coaching and apply it to his on-ice performance. Hackett combines his size with solid positioning and athleticism to make a goaltender that is very suited for the game that the NHL has become. His poise and fundamentals, especially, have made him a mouthwatering prospect in net for Minnesota and have the franchise looking forward to him stepping onto the rink in a Wild sweater. A Josh Harding trade would be great for his career. His size and movement are tremendous assets. His uncle, and early mentor, was former Canadiens goaltender Jeff Hackett. (more…)

Josh Harding

Posted: January 14, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Minnesota Wild

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The Good:  Harding has a good frame, athleticism and starting goalie upside.  He takes full advantage of his above-average right catching glove to fool shooters. and since he doesn’t play much, most are not used to him. On September 24, 2010, Harding tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a preseason game in St. Louis, and missed the entire 2010–11 season, but he has rebounded this season with an impressive performance. He started the 2011-2012 season with four straight wins, playing big in every single match. Harding was a top prospect in the Wild organization back in 2006 and 2007, and has played quite well behind Niklas Backstrom. Harding is very athletic, and can make some nice show-stopping saves. He would really benefit from a new home, as Matt Hackett is ready to backup Backstrom. (more…)

Niklas Backstrom

Posted: January 13, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Minnesota Wild
 

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 The Good: He has good technique and he’s cool under pressure.  Backstrom is incredibly consistent, he owns a wealth of high-level experience–he has represented his country multiple times in International events.  He is  Consistent, hard working, keeps his zone clean, and has a big frame (6’0, 193lbs). Backs is a calm keeper with an excellent technique, which has been developed through the years. Has great positioning, and is great at keeping focus. Has developed his butterfly technique past few seasons, but has a little left of the stand-up style. Good glove. Complete keeper, with only a minor weakness being shots between the legs. Backstrom is the best goalie the team has ever seen, and one of the best Finland has produced. While playing in Finland, he proved in 2004 with Kärpät of the FEl that he’s grown mentally to be a winning goalie, playing a fantastic playoff run despite a serious knee injury. He was chosen the best player of the playoffs in 2005 and in 2004 and 2005 the best goalie of FEL. He’s also been a familiar face in the National team’s European Championship tournaments, and he also played in the 2005 World Championships. Fan Favorite. (more…)