The Minnesota Wild have signed Gophers junior forward Erik Haula to an entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday, April 7. He will report to the American Hockey League Houston Aeros.

Haula is the fifth player to leave the University of Minnesota hockey program early since the team lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament a week ago.

Haula served as an alternate captain for the Gophers. He led Minnesota with 51 points on 16 goals and 35 assists and recorded a plus-20 rating.

The 22-year-old was drafted by the Wild in the seventh round in 2009.