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06-25-2010, 07:26 PM
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Welcome Mikael Granlund and the other 2010 Wild Draftees

Congratulations to Mikael Granlund, the newest Minnesota Wild first round draftee!

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06-25-2010, 07:30 PM
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I'll be surprised if he turns out to be anything at all.

Again Fletcher just keeps feeding us lies.

"We want to get bigger up front."

"We'll take the best available player regardless of position."

This guy is a midget and far from the best player that was available.

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I'll be surprised if he turns out to be anything at all.

Again Fletcher just keeps feeding us lies.

"We want to get bigger up front."

"We'll take the best available player regardless of position."

This guy is a midget and far from the best player that was available.
Unless you're a professional scout and have seen him play on numerous occasions, you may want to reserve judgement.

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A little scouting report on the kid...

"He's a very competitive kid. He makes things happen. He had the advantage, if you like, of playing in the Finnish Elite League with men and did very well. He was close to a point a game (40 in 43 games). It's a very well-respected league, probably the closest of all the European leagues to the NHL style of play. He flourished in that league.

"He had a very solid World Junior. The thing that got people worked up a little was that he had a groin injury that plagued him through the early part of the season. At the World Junior, he wasn't at his best though he was one of the best players for Finland. His skating was affected and it continued to affect his play a little bit the rest of the season, but he appears to be fully recovered now.

"He's certainly one of the guys, maybe because of his experience, who might be able to step in and play next year. He has to play over his size limitation. He's not a real big guy, but he's very smart and very quick and he keeps that high compete level, and he's a quality kid with very solid character."

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I'll be surprised if he turns out to be anything at all.

Again Fletcher just keeps feeding us lies.

"We want to get bigger up front."

"We'll take the best available player regardless of position."

This guy is a midget and far from the best player that was available.
Did Fletcher steal your puppy?

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Looking forward to seeing this kid progress through the organization. I think they might have a good one here, although a lot of it will depend on if they can get him players to play along side of him.

What you guys got for ETA in the NHL?

I'm going to guess around the deadline of 11-12.

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Unless you're a professional scout and have seen him play on numerous occasions, you may want to reserve judgement.
I do agree. However, from what I saw in his highlights after being drafted, he is:
a) small.

b) average, at best, skater.

And secondly there is no denying the fact that GMFC hasn't done what he said he would. He said he wants more size up front and he said he'd take the best available player regardless of position. He hasn't done either.

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Did Fletcher steal your puppy?
No. Just a little pessimistic due to franchise's past history. Hard not to be.

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No. Just a little pessimistic due to franchise's past history. Hard not to be.
Why? I'll take our franchise's past history over our expansion cousins any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

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I like the pick honestly, I didn't think those 2 defensemen would've been there, but I think it was worth it. He'll be a great player, and put up great numbers in a league with men.

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Notice... 2 picks later and those 2 D-men are STILL there... in fact another D man was taken ahead of both of them since.

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See ya in 2011, whether it be in Houston or with the Wild.

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Russo's take on the Wild taking need over BPA.

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Why? I'll take our franchise's past history over our expansion cousins any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
You'll take busts for first round picks between 04-07, 09 (could be good, traded away for someone who could still be okay), making the playoffs maybe once every 3-4 years, trading away picks irresponsibly, boring style of hockey... etc..

Don't compare to Blue Jackets because that's a poor comparison. Blue Jackets shouldn't be good ever, they have no history of hockey there.

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You'll take busts for first round picks between 04-07, 09 (could be good, traded away for someone who could still be okay), making the playoffs maybe once every 3-4 years, trading away picks irresponsibly, boring style of hockey... etc..
Of course. Look at how bad Columbus and Atlanta have been over their history - that's basically everything we ***** about times three.

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b) average, at best, skater.
Granlund's skating is the only thing I'm not high on. He's got about everything else, including arguably the best puck control and passing skills in the draft. He's Patrick Kane without the high skating skill.

But get used to a slow team. It's Fletcher's and Flahr's specialty. That's why I'm not surprised that they took Granlund. He was on my expected Wild pick list going by F & F's past history.

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Gongrats, I think you just got yourself a very special player, the best Finnish player in ages. If he isn't a 70-90 pts a year kind of player in the future, I'm very surprised. If he was 2 inches taller and skated a little better, he would have been top 3 pick for sure.

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Well, he already looks like he has more balls than another undersized player we currently have.

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The #1 European prospect, as identified by the Central Scouting Bureau, Granlund is a polished 2-way forward, who can play either center or wing. In the 2009-2010 season, he represented Suomi in both the U18 and U20 WJC. During the season, Granlund played for HIFK of the SM Liiga in his native Finland. Yes, he was 17 years old playing in a league with men, yet averaged nearly a point-per-game in his first season in Finland's top league, leading all rookies with 40 points (13-27--40) in 43 games playing for HIFK -- a program that has produced several NHL stars: Olli Jokinen, Sami Kapanen, Kimmo Timonen as well as the Tuomo and Jarkko Ruutu.

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Great pick! High compete level, and he's tough and skilled! Not only that, but we might see him with the big club in 11-12.

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"Saku Koivu clone. He's small, but no one's told him he's small. He has a really good, winning attitude, works very hard. He's tough, and he has very good hockey sense." - Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting

"There's no doubt he has the same intangibles as Koivu. He defies the odds every time. You go to watch him play you want to not like him, but then he's one of the best players in the game." - Unnamed scout from The Hockey News Draft Preview 2010

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Well, he already looks like he has more balls than another undersized player we currently have.
Bouchard looks a little quicker on his skates though...Lets see how big those balls are when he's getting crushed by someone's fourth line checkers.

If bouchard is not coming back, this looks like a less questionable pick...as it stands, though, I don't think he'll be able to dance around with as much time and space as he had in that highlight reel. He doesn't look as quick as bouchard, either, so I can't wait to see how well carrying the puck works for him.

edit: i appreciate the "no one has told him he's small" sentiment. I just hope it translates after he gets beaten on or takes a few crosschecks from burrows behind the play. Hope he holds up!

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Reading some of the quotes about this kid and it seems he could very well be a long lost Koivu brother. If anything, it seems the Wild got a player who's going to bust his tail. Who knows, if he works out he could be captain type material down the line as well.

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You look at him and look at Mikko, and you could swear he's Mikko's younger brother!

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