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Rupp to make Minnesota debut, Granlund scratched

Feb 7, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on February 1, 2013 in Anaheim, California.
(January 31, 2013 - Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

A day after switching up his forward lines, Mike Yeo tinkered some more.

The Minnesota head coach confirmed newly-acquired Mike Rupp will make his Wild debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks — Yeo also dropped prospect Mikael Granlund from the lineup, making him a healthy scratch.

From Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, here’s Yeo on Granlund:

“I think it’s good for young players to have to work for everything that they get. Not to say that he hasn’t, but he’s never had to push through something like this. These kind of things make you stronger. And that’s what we want around here.”

And here he is on Rupp, who jumps ahead of Matt Kassian for the “big, tough guy” spot:

“Rupper has got experience, for one thing. They’re different players, they’re different people. I think a lot of people would say they have similar roles, but it might look like that on the outside, but the reality is we brought Rupper in because of who he is and the way that he plays the game we think fits.”

Granlund, the 20-year-old Finn taken ninth overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been up-and-down in his rookie campaign.

He’s scored three points in nine games while averaging over 15 minutes a night, but hasn’t notched a goal in eight games and has just five shots on goal in his last four games.

Rupp was acquired from the Rangers earlier this week and will skate with Zenon Konopka and Devin Setoguchi on the fourth line.

As for Minnesota’s other lines…

Zach PariseMikko Koivu — Charlie Coyle
Dany HeatleyMatt CullenPierre-Marc Bouchard
Torrey MitchellKyle BrodziakCal Clutterbuck

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Damn, man…give the kid a chance, Yeo!

  2. spiciercheez - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Since when is Granlund a Swede? Am I missing something?

    • Mike Halford - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Finn, Finn.

  3. woodstakes - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Sitting Grandlund for a game or two is a good idea imo. Sometimes youngsters watching the game from the pressbox does them some good. Plus, making him work harder than he already is working in order to secure a spot can only be a good thing.

    To the people who are freaking out like this move is something more than what it is.. it’s not as if they are sending him down to the AHL or looking to trade the guy, RELAX! This happens all the time.

    Also, to the people who are looking at these moves as “hitting the panic button” you need to relax as well. My god, coaches change lines constantly. Look at the Red Wings.. they change up lines all the time, this is really not a big deal especially when you look at the fact that many of these guys have never played together before. Sometimes you find chemistry in a way that you never thought you would when making lines at the beginning of the year.

    Bottom line is this team is not scoring, particularly second tier scoring. So something has to be done and in a shorter season like this you don’t have 10 games to try things and “wait and see” if they are working. Losing 5-8 games in a row is going to be very difficult to overcome. I for one am glad to see that Yeo isn’t afraid of changing things up and see if it works! It’s so much better than just grinding away and hoping that things will improve. “Definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again expecting to get different results!”

    I really like the new line combo’s particularly the 1st and 2nd lines. Can swap out PMB with Seto or Grandlund at anytime and let’s be honest PMB is about to get injured soon (I hate to say that but i’m probably accurate), Zucker and Larrson are just waiting to move up too. So these guys better get it going over the next 10 games or you will be seeing alot more healthy scratches with those 2 moving up!

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