Let them both mature in Houston this year, no matter what happens with the lockout. In fact, leave Granlund there...
With Cullen and Bouchard off the books for 13-14, a 2nd line of Zucker-Granlund-Coyle, having played together for a full year in Houston, is far more tantalizing than bringing them up piece meal.
While that always sounds intriguing, it's ultimately a terrible idea. The defensive game at the NHL level is a whole other world. I'd rather not even see two rookies on the same line for a regular shift until the tail end of the year. Perhaps for 13-14:
Ultimately, I don't think we'll see all three of them brought up to the Wild at the same time. Granlund's a given whenever the lockout ends, but I think at least one of Coyle and Zucker will be kept in Houston.
The 19-year-old winger currently has the longest goal-scoring streak in the league as he's now scored at least once in eight straight contests. He has nine goals and 19 points in those eight games and 15 goals and 34 points in 25 games in total.
Depending on how the rest of the season plays out, I'd rather see him stay another year in the Q.
He won't make the Wild out of the camp, as they already have Bulmer if they need a physical, offensively gifted power forward/grinder. I believe they're very similar players. And, as GS mentioned, he can't play in the AHL under the current arrangement.
You're mistaken. Bussieres is a 93 so he's eligible by age for the AHL next year. He also will have 4 years of CHL play and is therefore eligible under the other option as well.
Actually he's not. I believe he has to turn 20 as the season starts and he is a late 93, at 11-05-1993. But you are right, if the Wild want to put him in the AHL, they could as he played 4 seasons in the Q.