Coach, GM stay patient as Wild's Granlund adjusts

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2013 - 12:09 AM
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clinto1054Jan. 31, 13 6:24 PM

You can tell by watching him with the puck that he is gradually getting used to the faster game. It takes a lot more time for his type of game to adjust to the NHL than other types of players. He is getting there though and you can tell that he is going to do some pretty impressive things when he ramps it up. Without the puck? That will just be a matter of Yeo making his system fit the players to a larger extent. You don't just give up on a Granlund because he odesn't play the system like a Brodziak, or vice-versa.

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goalieguruJan. 31, 13 3:31 PM

Granlund has had success at every level he has played at so far. There is no reason to assume he won't in the NHL. With that being said, results are all that matter and right now, he's not getting many. That's part of the bargain when you are getting paid big bucks to be a pro athlete. There is pressure to perform - NOW!! I am quite certain that as soon as Fletcher feels like Granlund is not making the necessary progressions with his game, he'll replace him with another prospect (Zucker, Coyle, etc...). He didn't waste any time parting ways with Sheppard. I just hope the same fate does not await Granlund because he has been the talk of the Wild the last two years and represents a #1 pick.

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butski29Jan. 31, 13 1:33 PM

Granlund has 3 points in seven games. Not bad for a new guy. They could get much more if they would move him to wing, slide Brodziak up to center for grit on the second and put Seto on the other side. Cullen needs to sit. What was Chuck thinking giving Mitchell almost two mill a year? Lots of posters are correct. We need to be harder to play against. That means rough, mouthy, nasty and way more physical. No protection at all for any of the small guys. Heatley is a prime example of someone who can whip the snot out of most people in a scrap and he hasn't shown a lick of that edginess or passion. The West is too physical to not start playing the same way. Matter of fact, the whole league has been that way this year. As of yesterday, there were already 62 fighting majors in the league. I want to see goals, but you got to make room for the skill guys at some point.

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mossholeJan. 31, 1311:55 AM

Funny how many other 19-20 year olds around the league aren't having trouble adjusting to the 'size and speed'. "He's excelled at every level before"...yeah, in Europe, where size and strength is not needed.

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jakemanoJan. 31, 1311:38 AM

Granlund does look a little weak. He is 20 years old and small. He will learn to adapt. He will get stronger. He makes nice plays, though. Even in the terrible game against Columbus, he fed Seto on a nifty behind the back pass and Seto was robbed. Once he understands how much different the NHL is, he will adapt. If he can't, then you move on. Let the kid adapt. It took a guy like St. Louis until he was 25 to adapt. PMB is small, but to say he doesn't go into the corners is not accurate. He doesn't bash guys into the walls, but he does go into the corners and forechecks very well. In the 1st period, he, CC and Brodz had a couple shifts where they completely bottled up the Hawks and it was due to PMB's work on d-men in the corners, using his stick and his speed to cut off passing lanes, etc. I think his problem is he doesn't shoot enough. On the 5-on-3, he had a play where he walked right at Crawford as the Hawks let him, but he faked the shot and did a nice behind the back to pass to either Suter or Koivu for a blast from 40 ft away. PMB needs to shoot that puck as he can bury it. This team has a lot of NEW key players that need to play together more. If we can withstand this early 'struggle', we will be fine. GO WILD!

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jtrullandJan. 31, 13 9:48 AM

Yes THANK YOU Chuck for trading Leddy. Last thing our team needs is another 5/6 defencemen. Wish we could have gotten more back in the trade but heck sometimes that happens!

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pagui876Jan. 31, 13 6:52 AM

Its a fact that Granlund needs to get more strenght and improve his skating, no doubt about it and its easy to blame him for the underperformance of the second line. There are also two other forwards in that line who havent been any better on my opinion. Granlund definitely isnt a cornerfighter and needs that kind of a winger around him. If MG got the puck more in the offensive zone i could only imagine the damage. MG:s performance in the WC was phenomenal and the opponents consisted of NHL players, and yes he owned them all with the right lineup.

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ReporterJan. 31, 13 2:50 AM

Granlund looked awful in the first period last night. He seemed to panic when he gets the puck and turnover the puck quickly and easily. But in the third last night he looked much more confident. He was pushing toward the net, getting his stick down on the ice more. Hopefully it is a sign that he's more confident and learning the level of play. Still, he should be on a short leash now.

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harps54Jan. 30, 1311:59 PM

Granlund is young and will adjust. At least he is battling. He is playing with a veteran wing (PMB) who is stationery on the boards above the circle and never goes into a corner to fight for the puck. PMB is a very limited player who refuses to go into the corners and is making an outrageous amount of money for a one dimensional player. When you are on the ice with him at full strength, you are playing short-handed.

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caferevJan. 30, 1311:44 PM

Stay patient, boys. Within the next couple weeks, I see Stephen Weiss being acquired to center the second line. Then this team will roll three productive lines.

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