Seems like Markus Granlund might be NHL ready before we even know it. Two goals in todays game HIFK-Lukko (FEL) and plays like a man.
I'll believe this when he comes over the pond and plays a game while avoiding getting creamed by the opposition, as he's not a large man by any stretch. I doubt he's even playing over here until he's at least 20/21, but by then... who knows?
From what ive read is he's been piggy-backing on his brothers line. I'd say give him a couple years to beef up and hone his skills.
The thing i've been intrigued by is someone said he was playing a bit of a Jarkko Ruutu type game. To be honest, i'd love that (minus the diving). Someone to get under an opponents skin is always an asset.
I was very surprised (positiv) by Ma. Granlund's game today. He is a lot faster and stronger compared to last year.
I really love his "agitating" style. When you add his above average skill level and vision he is great prospect to have and at the moment it seems that he really has been worth selected in the 2nd round.
E. Don't always need to listen to other Finnish posters who seem to bash Granlund jr. Myself I like this kid
Since he'd only be 19, would have to return to the WHL if I'm not mistaken.
He will be turning 20 next year (DOB 10/5/92), so the CHL-NHL agreement will no longer apply to him, meaning he can be assigned to the AHL if the Flames choose to do so.
Also, something fairly unique: if he's assigned to Abbotsford next season and doesn't play in ten or more NHL games, the first year of his contract won't even count and will instead begin in 2013-14.
Even though he'll be playing professionally, only NHL games count towards the ten.
The only other player that I can remember being in this situation is Zach Hamill, a Bruins prospect.
He played 65 games for the Providence Bruins in 08-09 but no NHL games, so his contract slid and began in 09-10 instead.
There are lots of kids that are late births that turn professional one season after they were drafted, but most don't sign their ELC at 18 (which is what creates this situation, as it is not possible if it is signed at 19 because of how the slide rule works).
Both of these things give the Flames a lot of flexibility, which will likely be very good for Bartschi's development.
Instead of going back to the WHL (which IMO wouldn't help him) or getting scratched/playing on the fourth line, he can get big minutes in the AHL if he's not ready to contribute in the NHL yet.
It also gives them a free year of development (if it's needed) without sacrificing a year of his cheap contract.
Yep, Markus Granlund impresses sometimes, for example yesterday. Two goals from his brother's passes in first line with Mi. Granlund and Janne Pesonen. Sometimes he doesn't shine in HIFK, but I understand that well, cause he is still a junior.
But when it comes to junior's international games, he has been impressive almost every time. Great tournament last weekend, for example the 5 assists game against Czech Republic was awesome. While players like Armia, Donskoi hasn't been so good, Granlund looks fine and he will be in U20's WC for sure.
First I was like OMG, why did they picked Granlund in 2th round, but I think that there is something. Great hockey sense, the biggest lacks are physical and of course those things are easier to better than hockey sense things.
in the past 6 games, he had 5 games with 3 points ... this was the 4th game with 3 points in a row !
is their a record of streaks with 3 point per game ? ;-)
tu push the stats further,
he was absent from the team for many games.
Portland played 22 games so far.
8 without Bartschi. 4 losses 50 % wins.
14 with Bartschi. 4 losses 71% win.
interesting to note that when Bartschi was playing they scored 4.36 points/game
while they were at 4.25 points/game without him.
Yet they received 3.75 goals/game against without him. while only 3.36 with him.
Does that mean that he doesn't contribute that much in scoring goals ? hence the % wins are more due to poorer oponents ? Or that he is part of the structure of the game and the others benefit from him ? resulting into a team having less goals against in his presence ?
The relationship of assists/goals in his points would indicate the 2nd interpretation.
I guess that these results qualify him as an impact player !
But all these are only stats ... only a Portland Fan who sees them play can say if yes or not he is really such an impact player.
Another consideration : in 14 games he was 5 x 1st star, 1 x 2nd star and 3 x 3rd star should still indicate he brings seriously something to the team.
On the little behind the scenes draft video Flames.com had I liked how Baertschi was stoked that the training staff would pack up their gear and bring it to the practice when talking with another prospect (couldn't tell who).
-They pack our gear. How sick is that?
-Didn't they do that with your national team?
*In the same video Feaster was offered the 20th pick and a 2nd from the Coyotes. Thank God he said no.
In the player interviews he also asked "if we pick you you'll happily take the hat and jersey and be a Flame?" (Don't know what player it was. They were interviewing Zibanejad earlier in the vid) and they'd talk to the agent immediately to get a deal signed. Erixon really left his mark.