Markus Granlund

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Markus Granlund
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Born (1993-04-16) April 16, 1993 (age 21)
Oulu, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
HIFK
NHL Draft 45th overall, 2011
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2010–present
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Medal record
Competitor for Finland Finland
IIHF World U18 Championships
Bronze 2010 Belarus

Kari Markus Granlund (born April 16, 1993) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing with the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is a second round selection of the Flames, taken 45th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Granlund played two seasons in the SM-liiga for HIFK before moving to North America to join the Flames organization in 2013. His brother Mikael is also an NHL player.

Playing career[edit]

A native of Oulu, Finland, Granlund played minor hockey in his hometown before joining Helsinki-based club HIFK's junior teams in 2009. He made his SM-liiga debut in the 2010–11 season, appearing in two games with the senior squad, but spent the majority of the year with HIFK's junior team where he recorded 20 goals and 52 points in 40 games.[1] The National Hockey League (NHL)'s Calgary Flames selected him with their second round pick, 45th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[2] Granlund opted to remain in Finland for the 2011–12 season where he joined HIFK's senior team full-time and played on the same line as his brother, Mikael.[3] Marcus finished the season with 34 points in 47 games, then recorded 30 points in 50 games for HIFK in 2012–13.[1]

Granlund made the move to North America following his second year in the SM-liiga as he signed a three-year contract with the Flames on April 19, 2013.[4] He was assigned to Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, to begin the 2013–14 season. He initially struggled to adapt to life in Canada, and while he had a clause in his contract that would allow him to return to Finland, Granlund opted to remain with the Flames organization.[3] He earned a brief recall to Calgary in late December 2013 but did not appear in an NHL game.[5] Granlund was the AHL's leading goal scorer among rookies with 23 at the time of his second recall in late February,[6] and made his NHL debut on February 27, 2014, in a 2–0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.[7] He recorded his first NHL point in his third game, an assist on March 3 against his brother's Minnesota Wild.[8] On the same day, the AHL named him that league's rookie of the month for February. He recorded 12 points in 10 games and was a +6 over that time.[9] Granlund scored his first goal two nights later in a 4–1 win over the Ottawa Senators.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 HIFK SM-liiga 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 HIFK SM-liiga 47 15 19 34 18 3 0 0 0 0
2012–13 HIFK SM-liiga 50 10 20 30 18 5 1 2 3 4
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 50 23 21 44 22 4 2 3 5 2
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 7 2 1 3 0
Liiga totals 99 25 39 64 36
NHL totals 7 2 1 3 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Finland U17 10th 5 2 3 5 16
2010 Finland WJC18 3rd 6 1 5 6 4
2011 Finland WJC18 5th 6 2 8 10 6
2012 Finland WJC 4th 7 2 5 7 6
2013 Finland WJC 7th 6 5 7 12 4
Junior totals 30 12 28 40 36

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Markus Granlund player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Calgary Flames 2011 Draft Choices". Calgary Flames Hockey Club. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b Woodley, Kevin (2014-02-04). "Flames' Granlund ready to make his mark". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Flames sign C Granlund to three-year entry-level contract". The Sports Network. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ Sportak, Randy (2014-02-25). "Young Flames forward up with big club, but no guarantee he'll see game action". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  6. ^ Wharnsby, Tim (2014-02-26). "Flames' Brian Burke will be front and centre as deadline approaches". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Kings shut out Flames, win 2nd straight out of break". ESPN. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  8. ^ Sportak, Randy (2014-03-04). "Leaving his mark". Calgary Sun. p. S5. 
  9. ^ Peterson, Torie (2014-03-03). "Granlund named AHL Rookie of the Month for February". Calgary Flames Hockey Club. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  10. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2014-03-06). "Hosts heat up". Calgary Sun. p. S5. 

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