Wild's emerging Granlund shows he's ready for his close-up

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2014 - 12:44 PM

A year after struggling as a rookie, the soft-spoken center has developed nicely for the Wild.

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ChasmannFeb. 3, 14 9:58 PM

If there was a most improved player so far this year, Granlund has that locked up. His play, both ways this year has been fantastic!!

cntrygntlmnFeb. 3, 1410:05 PM

Love this quote by Parise: "When your centerman is driving with speed through the middle, it opens a lot of things up. He makes really good plays with the puck." Subtle dig on Koivu? Who would have ever thought this would provide more offense than chipping it into the corner the second you cross the blue line as Koivu is so prone to do?

freeyeoFeb. 4, 14 2:30 AM

Granny is so much fun to watch, love the guy! No wonder Koivu is one of the most underrated players in the league, when even you guys dont seem to appreciate him, its a pity.

mgalaforetFeb. 4, 14 3:10 AM

Country, I thought your beef with Mikko was that he didn't shoot and score goals. Sounds like you and others of your ilk think Granlund is a better fit. He could very well be. Per usual though, you have a problem with your argument. Granlund has less goals than Mikko. How do you reconcile that? And I haven't even brought up that deep-seeded bias against the way Fins play hockey that you and others have. Again, why is it Parise is so dependent upon others to create offense for him? Parise gets paid $12MM, the same as Crosby who doesn't have that same issue. Do you think in Pittsburgh they whine all the time about Crosby's line mates, like some do on here?

mjlordFeb. 4, 14 3:44 AM

I'm just not seeing it. "Granny" plays like one. To me he's a bust.

elmore1Feb. 4, 14 7:00 AM

He reminds me of PMB in his early years, exciting.

bhrnew1lFeb. 4, 14 7:19 AM

He has grown into the center position for sure, last year he was a defensive liability, something you would think would have been an obvious big concern for the teams leadership, especially given his ice time last year. At times he loses concentration during the games and opens himself up to be whacked big time, I have seen opponents give him a free pass holding up on the hit, the team needs to work with him to fix this soon before he has another concussion....... He would be a super fun player to watch if he played on the Gophers. Love his attitude ! he seems to have a good spirit even when a majority of the players don't work very hard. I would say he and Parise are my two favorites, were happy for Suter

bryologyFeb. 4, 14 8:27 AM

Sorry everyone. I haven't left a comment in a few days, so let me get a few things off my chest. Parise is nothing more than an elite grinder, Koivu is overrated, Granlund is to small, Brodniak sucks, trade Heatley, fire Yeo and move the team to Texas. Now, lets be honest here. Does anyone think this team is a playoff CONTENDER. Notice I said CONTENDER. Let me answer that for you... NO IT IS NOT A PLAYOFF CONTENDER. When you have players like Brodniak, Stoner, Spurgeon, Rupp, Mitchell, Koivu, and Cooke on a team, you will not make it far. I feel bad for Suter signing here, he is to elite to play here. I even feel bad for Parise. His elite grinding skills would fit in well on the third line of the St. Louis Blues. Fire someone and trade someone.

quickrickFeb. 4, 14 9:41 AM

Ya'll better hope the Wild miss the playoffs and clean house this offseason. The Fletcher-Yeo thing will never yield true results. Might as well get on with it.

dirtydogsFeb. 4, 14 9:51 AM

Fletcher has had enough time to at least get this team past the first round of the playoffs. If he and Yeo lose again in the first round, it is time to clean house starting with both of them. Spinning our wheels for years and thus far we do not have a single playoff series victory to show for it.


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