Thread: Prospect Info: Mikael Granlund IV
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02-04-2013, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Beegoalie View Post
Granlund has dominated every league he has played in at Center. Including the World Juniors and World Championships, he has shown that he can and will be a future top 6 center man. Its not that he "isn't built to be a center"

He is 20 years old and playing in his rookie season 8 games in. Give him a break there will be growing pains but he has the vision and puck skills that very few players have and eventually they will translate to the NHL.

For right now he needs to make plays at a quicker pace and become stronger on the puck especially along the wall. Also face off's and defensive zone turnovers have become a problem and he will need to work on those to become a solid everyday NHL player, the offense will certainly be there as long as he does his job defensively to keep himself in the lineup in a prominent role.
Like toewsintangibles said, he actually played wing in the World Championships, and IMO he is clearly better as a winger. In his rookie season in Sm-Liiga he played wing too, and then struggled a bit at the start when he was moved to center next year. If I were the one to decide, I'd try him on the wing before scratching him or sending him to Houston.

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