Thursday, September 9, 2010

NHL Prospect Profile – Mikael Granlund - Minnesota Wild

SASKATOON, SK - JANUARY 4:  Mikael Granlund #22 of Team Finland skates while being followed by Maxim Trunev #11 of Team Russia during the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Fifth Place game on January 4, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Team Finland defeated Team Russia 4-3.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

For the 2010 NHL Entry Draft I released detailed prospect profiles of the top 30 rated prospects at The Hockey Writers. To revisit these profiles, I will link up to take a glimpse back at one superb draft.

Mikael Granlund

Age: 18

Date of birth: February 26, 1992

Place of birth: Oulu, Finland

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180

Shoots: L

2009-10 Team: HIFK (FIN)

An excerpt from my draft preview detailed profile at The Hockey Writers:

Inevitably when one is an undersized, talented, crafty forward from Finland oozing with potential, that prospect will get compared to Saku Koivu.

In this case, Mikael Granlund deserves the accolades and the comparison is a valid one. In fact, he has a chance, should he reach his full potential, to exceed Koivu offensively. Matching Saku’s intensity, drive and work ethic, however, will not be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.

After a not so inspiring WJC U20 Championships performance in Saskatchewan, he had a fantastic WJC U18 tournament. Combined with his superb play in the Finnish top league, the cerebral skilled playmaker could easily sneak into the Top 10 on June 25th.


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