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Even if there’s a lockout, top Wild prospect Granlund will stay in North America

Sep 1, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

Mikael Granlund AP

Top-tier Wild prospect Mikael Granlund is going to work towards making the transition from Finland’s SM-liiga to North American hockey in 2012-13. As the Pioneer Press reported, that won’t change even if there’s a lockout.

While other players — or the agents who represent them — have suggested recently that they would consider playing in Europe in the event of a lockout, Granlund isn’t one of them.

“There’s basically nothing left to accomplish there,” Granlund’s agent, Todd Diamond said. Granlund had 20 goals and 51 points in 45 games with HIFK Helsinki.

Diamond added, “By playing in Houston, (Granlund) would be getting used to the American style of play and the size of the rink, which is larger in Europe. If there is no (labor) agreement, he would be better off in Houston.”

Granlund, who was born in Oulu, Finland, was originally selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Assuming the players and owners agree to a new CBA in time, Granlund could be part of the Wild’s opening game roster on Oct. 13.

  1. bluesrawesome - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    I think this year (if their is one) will be the best race for the Calder. My
    picks Taresenko vs Grandlund.

  2. karl1210 - Sep 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I and other Wild fans have been waiting for Granlund to play here for years and now we will have to wait who knows how long? Thnaks a lot NHL owners and Gary Bettman.

    • getadealdonealready - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      As a long time MN sports fan you would think we would be used to disappointment and waiting, but I concur Karl we have been waiting for what seems like forever to see this kid play, you throw in the big off-season moves, and I feel like I’m 8 years old again waiting for Christmas to get here, but it’s still the middle of summer, now my mom is telling me X-mas might be cancelled!

      • karl1210 - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Exactly. After the last handful of years of disappointing and putrid sports teams in Minnesota (no offense to the Lynx and their fans but I am sorry it is not the same.), there was hope that one of our teams finally got their stuff together. They drafted right built up the team and then landed the two biggest FA in free agency. Excitement that I haven’t felt in a long time has came back to me. And now this…….

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