This is good news. Zucker was the first step to our bright future, getting him in a Wild Uniform, Granlund today! Crossing fingers for a real quality free agent signing or two now this off season, Coyle and Phillips after that. The pieces are hopefully lining up to fall in place for the Wild.
These are exciting times. We have waited a ling time for this.
I think that is a way too much for his first year, but i definitely see him reaching that a few years down the line. I'd be happy with 35 points this next year
I wouldn't be happy with less than 50.
High end prospects like Hall, Nuge, Skinner, Duchene, Landeskog, etc all were able to hit 50+ points as 18 year olds (Hall would have if not injured). Granlund will be two years older and has faced tougher competition the last few years than they had at that point in their careers.
There is no reason we should be putting the brakes on the kid. Expectations SHOULD be high. He SHOULD meet them.
2011-2012: At least I give lots of credit for him clearing high school, army and all the media publicity in the same year. He had to do various different commercials and all kind of other stuff, that do not include hockey.
I think he will be very motivated to play with you next season and I wish he'll have enough time in Minnesota to practice and focus in hockey.
Hope he stays healthy. If so, he is capable to bring you some really nice options in your offense for sure.
In my eyes you will have a fresh and very motivated Granlund.
He knows, he's got a lot to proove and he will definitely work very hard to help you guys get in the play offs.
For sure he knows how keen Koivu is to have some succes with the Wild. There has been always something special in Minnesota for us Finns. Mikke comes from the northern part of Finland and I assume he feels more home with you, than anywhere else in the US.
I have my thumbs up for you.