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Wild send Granlund back to AHL

Apr 16, 2013, 4:38 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

Mikael Granlund is on his way back to Houston.

Again.

That was the word out of Minnesota on Tuesday as the Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo reported Granlund had been returned to the AHL for the second time this season.

The first demotion occurred in mid-March when, after a nice start to the year, Granlund was made a healthy scratch in back-to-back games, only to get back in the lineup — and go minus-3 in a 5-3 loss to Chicago on Mar. 5.

The first demotion was temporary, though.

Minnesota recalled Granlund in early April, and he proceeded to appear in five games before being a healthy scratch last night against Calgary (thanks to the return of veteran forward Matt Cullen).

Over that five-game stretch, the Finnish rookie notched one assist and finished minus-1.

  1. porkchopexpress1969 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    All you heard about this guy is that he is the next best thing…… The seems not to be that case. To early to call him a bust?

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      You can’t make any conclussions based on this. With a shortened season the pressure to win every night is intensified. He will be a very good NHL player, and needs to be a top 6 Forward the Wild don’t have a spot for him in the top 6 right now, but will next year when PMB and Heatly are gone. There is a reason they traded Larssen and not Granlund to Boston.

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      You can’t make any conclusions based on this. With a shortened season the pressure to win every night is intensified. He will be a very good NHL player, and needs to be a top 6 Forward the Wild don’t have a spot for him in the top 6 right now, but will next year when PMB and Heatly are gone. There is a reason they traded Larssen and not Granlund to Boston.

    • ThatGuy - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      He looked dang good during those 5 games with the exception of the game against the Kings(where everyone sucked). NHL has rules about callups after the NHL season. You can only have four AHL callups, except as emergency injury replacements. Granlund was called up as an emergency replacement for Cullen. Now Cullen is back, and he either counts as one of those callups(which we would only have one left then) or he has to go to the AHL.

      So basically, the options are 4th line minutes/press box or first line/PP/PK time in Houston. Not a very hard decision.s

  2. jrmehle - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Just kidding. Rupp out, Granlund in.

  3. williplett - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    WAY too soon to talk bust. Cool your jets, bud. Grandlund has yet to fully adjust to the smaller rink, the more physical North American Game and his place in the Wild lineup has been in up in the air since the shortened season began.

    He had nice stats with the AHL affiliate during the lockout and he had a goal in tonight’s game-which he would have missed if he would have actually been sent down. Good sign?

    Anyway, if you want to size him up against a couple of REAL Wild busts who are playing for teams that are fighting for their playoff lives here goes:

    James Sheppard San Jose: 30 gp 1g 3a 4p 9th Overall pick 2006
    Colton Gilles Columbus: 25gp 1g 1a 2p 16th Overall pick 2007

    • williplett - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:45 AM

      P.S: Doug Risebrough sucks.

  4. youngs79 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    PHT must not believe in follow up stories. He got called back and scored a goal last night. Good reporting Pro Hockey Talk

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