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Mikael Granlund is officially a member of the Wild, signs three-year entry-level deal

May 23, 2012, 10:46 AM EST

After all the anxiousness and fretting about the future of the Wild, a key player is finally in the fold.

According to Michael Russo of The Star-Tribune, Mikael Granlund, the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, has signed a three-year entry-level deal with Minnesota for $2.7 million.

Granlund’s offensive prowess and highlight reel goals while playing the last two years in Finland have made Wild fans pine for him like the fjords. With Granlund now in the fold, the Wild can hope for a jump in offensive production, and with other hopeful youngsters on the way (Jason Zucker, Zack Phillips, Charlie Coyle), the future is getting brighter.

If you’re curious about the kind of skill Granlund brings to the table, check out the goal he scored in last year’s World Championships against Russia.

  1. adambhoy - May 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Paging Mike Legg…

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      As a Golden Gopher fan…

      That hurts

      • adambhoy - May 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        Actually I am too. That’s how I remember it so vividly; still hurts.

    • getadealdonealready - May 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Agree to a certain extent, the main difference I see is Granland did this while in motion, with pressure behind him. My memory of the Legg goal is he had time behind the net, little to no pressure, and came out on his forehand side. Granlands is more impressive to me to do it while in motion, and on the backhand side. Look forward to seeing him in the NHL!

  2. lordfletcher - May 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I am very happy this is done with… was never worried but glad it’s FINALLY over

    Welcome to Minny Granlund. aka scandinavian territory :)

  3. Justin - May 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    This is long overdue. It might just be the perfect time with all the young talent that we have added. Lets hope we start like last year but this time stay healthy and finish in the playoffs.

    http://minnesporta.com/

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Can’t wait to get my jersey

  5. kaf39 - May 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Good luck to him

  6. lordfletcher - May 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    He does need to bulk up, badly in my eyes, seeing how he played against Canada last week. Luckily, you can add size easier than you can teach NHL talent / skills. Will be a great addition to the Wild.

  7. taytay099 - May 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Koivu will be a good mentor for him.

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