Mikael Granlund
Mikael Granlund
Mikael Granlund
Mikael Granlund
26-Year-Old C
2017–18 NHL Stats
2017–18 NHL Projections
G
21
A
46
PP Pts
19
+/-
13
PIM
18
G
A
PP Pts
+/-
PIM
2017–18 Fantasy Outlook
After four seasons, Granlund finally lived up to his billing as a top-10 pick, blowing way past his old career bests with 26 goals and 69 points in 81 games. Drafted as a center and deployed down the middle up until this past season, he was moved the wing by Wild coach Bruc... read more
After four seasons, Granlund finally lived up to his billing as a top-10 pick, blowing way past his old career bests with 26 goals and 69 points in 81 games. Drafted as a center and deployed down the middle up until this past season, he was moved the wing by Wild coach Bruce Boudreau in 2016-17, and that opened up Granlund’s offensive game; now, the 25-year-old comes with sky-high expectations for this coming season. Minnesota’s historically emphasized two-way play, which has helped Granlund become an all-around player, but there’s been more of an emphasis on offense since Boudreau took over. Playing on the first line with veteran distributor and fellow countryman Mikko Koivu has allowed Granlund to focus more on scoring, but Koivu is aging and has never been a point-per-game player, which may limit Granlund from joining the ranks of the league’s elite producers even though he possesses the talent to do so.
SHOOTS: Left   HT: 5'10"   WT: 185 lbs.   DOB: 2/26/1992   Drafted: 1st Rd, #9 Overall in 2010Show Contract
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Mikael Granlund Contract Info:
Signed a three-year, $17.25 million contract extension with the Wild in August of 2017.
Hits scoresheet twice in Game 3
CMinnesota Wild
April 15, 2018
Granlund scored a goal and pitched in a helper in a 6-2 Game 3 victory over the Jets on Sunday.
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Mikael Granlund NHL Stats
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Mikael Granlund 2017–18 NHL Game Log
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Mikael Granlund 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
#1 Right Wing
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  1. Mikael Granlund 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Mikael Granlund 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    The No. 9 pick in the 2010 draft, Granlund’s now three-plus seasons into his NHL career, and we’re still waiting for him to bring his Finnish-league and AHL scoring pedigree to bear at hockey’s highest level. He did play all 82 games while setting new career marks with 13 goals and 44 points last season, but that’s still quite modest production, especially when his minus-12 rating gets factored in. As he enters his age-24 campaign, Granlund is in some ways at a make-or-break moment in his career – he has to settle in at either center or wing, and that’s happening against the backdrop of impending free agency after this season. It seems like the direction he’s heading in is left wing, judging by the offseason addition of pivot Eric Staal as well as GM Chuck Fletcher’s offseason comments, in which case the Finn’s likely to find a home on the second line alongside Staal and Nino Niederreiter. That could be a productive grouping, but there are a lot of variables involved, so Granlund’s high-end upside makes him worth drafting if it doesn’t cost you much.
  3. Mikael Granlund 2015–16 Preseason Outlook
    While his scoring may have ticked down slightly last season, Granlund is rounding into form as one of the best young players on the Wild. Granlund followed up a 41-point 2013-14 campaign with eight goals and 31 assists, but may have delivered more overall fantasy value this past season after his plus/minus rating rose from minus-3 to plus-17. The 23-year-old Finn should once again pivot the team’s first or second line, and with the Wild boasting solid wing depth, opportunities for assists should remain plentiful. It might be hard for Granlund to notice much further growth as a goal scorer, as he shot less than 1.5 times per game, preferring to set up quality looks for others. Moreover, despite seeing frequent power-play time, Granlund didn’t pick up a single goal with the man advantage last season. Downgrade him in leagues that value more diverse scoring skills, as Granlund isn't expected to look for his own shot very often with several quality options around him.
  4. Mikael Granlund 2014–15 Preseason Outlook
    It didn't just seem like Granlund got better with every game last season -- he actually did. He delivered an impressive 21 points in his last 25 games, which makes it hard to believe he wasn't guaranteed to make the roster at the start of last season. He's now the Wild's No. 2 center on the back of his solid season, which included an Olympic nod with the bronze-winning Finnish team and fantastic showing in the playoffs. He’s slated to skate with some combination of Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek, Zach Parise, Nino Niederreiter and/or Charlie Coyle on the wing this season, which is about as fruitful as it gets for fantasy purposes. Granlund is a puck distributor who is going to helm the second-unit power play, if not climb his way into the top unit. He posted eight goals and 33 assists overall last season and there's every reason to believe he'll top the 50-point mark in 2014-15.
  5. Mikael Granlund 2013–14 Preseason Outlook
    As a superstar in the Finnish Elite League and as the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Granlund entered last season as a favorite for rookie-of-the-year honors. However, his first season playing in North America didn't go as planned as he had just six points in his first 19 games and was sent to the AHL. He returned in April to play six games, but the Wild gave him a smaller role after he was centering a top-three line at the start of the year. Granlund didn't adjust well to the size and physical nature of the NHL and struggled with bad penalties and defensive lapses. He did score 28 points in 29 games in the AHL, so he showed he can produce outside of Sweden. However, he'll need to earn his role with the Wild and he could begin the season in the AHL. At age 21, it's still early enough in his career that he may figure out the NHL game and fulfill last year's hype.
  6. Mikael Granlund 2012–13 Preseason Outlook
    The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Granlund has played the the last three seasons in Finland and was a superstar in the Finnish Elite League. As a 19-year old he let the league in scoring for a second consecutive season. The Wild will put him on the second line to begin his NHL career, which could make him an early favorite for the Calder Memorial Trophy (for rookie of the year). He has great speed, puck handling skills and a knack for putting the puck in the net, but his size (5-10, 180 pounds) could be more of an issue in the NHL.
  7. Mikael Granlund 2011–12 Preseason Outlook
    The Wild made Granlund a first-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, snagging him with the ninth overall pick. Speed, playmaking ability and hockey smarts have all contributed to Granlund's billing as a top prospect, though naysayers are quick to point out his small size of 5-foot-8, 169 pounds. The Finn also dealt with a concussion, which wiped out roughly half of his 2010-11 campaign with HIFK Helsinki of the SM-liiga league. However, Granlund has managed 76 points (21 G, 55 A) in 82 games over the past two seasons overseas, and while it's not clear when he will make his NHL debut, opportunists should consider stashing him on keeper rosters in 2011-12.
  8. Mikael Granlund 2010–11 Preseason Outlook
    The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Granlund is the real deal. He played in Finland’s top league and averaged a point per game. More impressive: he was only 17 years old.
Mikael Granlund News Updates
Dishes twice in loss
CMinnesota Wild
April 6, 2018
Granlund collected two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Kings on Thursday.
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Breaks out against Stars
CMinnesota Wild
March 29, 2018
Granlund scored a goal and added two assists during Thursday's 5-2 win over Dallas.
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Few shots amid slump
CMinnesota Wild
March 14, 2018
Granlund had just one shot on goal in Tuesday's loss to Colorado. He's had just seven shots and no goals in his last six games despite four assists. "Maybe we're asking for him to do a little too much. I don't know. The one thing I do know is after almost two years, he will turn it around. He will get better," head coach Bruce Boudreau told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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Collects four points against Blues
CMinnesota Wild
February 27, 2018
Granlund scored twice and collected two assists during Tuesday's 8-3 win over St. Louis.
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