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Wild demote Granlund to AHL

Mar 12, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on February 1, 2013 in Anaheim, California.
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After being a healthy scratch in four of the last eight games, Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund was sent to AHL Houston on Tuesday.

Granlund, 21, was heavily hyped heading into this season and on a number of Calder Trophy shortlists — and with good reason.

The ninth overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was tearing up the American League during the lockout, scoring 21 points in 21 games while winning Rookie of the Month for October.

The Finnish forward then started fast to begin the year — he scored in his NHL debut, a 4-2 win over Colorado — and had a nice streak in February where he scored points in three consecutive games and logged a career-high in ice time (19:14) against Calgary on the 11th.

Lately, though, Granlund’s been a spectator.

He was held out of Minnesota’s last two games — victories over the Predators and Canucks, the latter moving the Wild atop the Northwest Division — and in his last contest, a 5-3 loss to Chicago, he finished a disastrous minus-3 with no points and just one shot on goal.

  1. nvandy42 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I saw this coming. I’d love to see Granlund up with the Wild and playing effectively. I don’t think he was given much of a chance, and when he was, he actually played pretty well for the most part when not put on the checking line with Mitchell and Rupp. However, I think this is gonna be good for him to center the first line and get consistent top minutes. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him with the Wild this season.

  2. danglesnipecelly24 - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Trade him, kids a bum

    • lordfletcher - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      the kid has stupid amounts of talent, just needs time to adapt to the North American game (which he slowly is if you saw him in the last few games he played compared to the start of the season) …. and add size. gets pushed around too easily

      Loved that he was willing to go to the net in his last 3 games… He will be a great player in 2-3 years

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