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Mikael Granlund IV
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01-30-2013, 12:48 PM
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Completely agree that Granlund gets mugged way too often. 3+ times per game. It's awful. The defenders just hold him down with their sticks and refs do nothing about it. If that gets called once per game, they will ease off.
He's not moving his feet for sure with the puck. I see him come into the zone slowly, the defender has almost no gap, but Granlund has nowhere to go because he has no speed. Easily bumped off the puck.
I'm a couple games from wanting to see him back to Houston. Maybe try him at wing, but not sure that's much of a solution. I get that he needs to adjust, but if he can't make that adjustment, let him have some success in the minors, get stronger in the offseason, and try again.
As for Cullen at #2 center, it's far from ideal...but he's not a defensive liability. If Granlund can't get it done offensively with PMB and Seto or Clutter, and that line remains a problem in their end, they need to have basically the top scoring line and three checking lines. Which of course means the team's going nowhere, but you can't fix that in January.
A simply immediate fix for these two issues is just tell Granlund to focus the next game on continuing to move his feet when he's mauled. That only should draw a call eventually.
But I've been screaming at my computer when watching the non-calls on Granlund. He gets bear hugged or cross-checked multiple times each game.
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