Mikael Granlund

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Mikael Granlund
Mikaelgranlund.jpg
Born (1992-02-26) February 26, 1992 (age 22)
Oulu, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Oulun Kärpät
Helsingin IFK
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2010
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2008–present

Mikael Antero Granlund (born February 26, 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre who plays for the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played professionally in his homeland with Oulun Kärpät and HIFK of the Finnish SM-liiga. He was the ninth overall pick, selected by the Minnesota Wild, in the 2010 NHL Draft. He is the older brother of Markus Granlund.

Playing career[edit]

Granlund in the first game of the 2009–10 SM-liiga season.

Granlund played junior ice hockey with Kärpät in 2007–08 and 2008–09, averaging greater than a point per game in both seasons,[1] and was named a first-team All-Star by his junior A league in 2009.[2] He gained his first professional experience late that season, making his debut with Kärpät's team in the SM-liiga on his 17th birthday.[3] He played only two games before he became embroiled in a contract dispute with the team. Granlund and his agent alleged that the four year junior contract he signed with Kärpät in 2007 was invalid, because it failed to define what compensation he would get from the team, and that the team had altered the end date on his SM-liiga insurance application from April 2009 to April 2011 without his approval. The team admitted that mistakes were made, but that they were made in good faith as both the team and player wished to get him in their top team immediately.[4]

Arguing his contracts to be void, and considering himself to be a free agent, Granlund signed a contract with HIFK Helsinki for the 2009–10 season; Kärpät challenged his attempts to transfer to HIFK.[5] Granlund sued his old team in July 2009 after Kärpät failed to relent, asking a court to cancel his contracts with them and clear the way for him to play with HIFK.[4] The two sides reached an out of court settlement a month later, allowing Granlund to transfer to his new team.[6] He scored 13 goals and 27 assists in 43 games with HIFK in 2009–10,[7] and was the top rookie scoring 40 points.[8] He was named the winner of the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy as the SM-liiga's top rookie, and with only two penalty minutes in the whole the season, he also won the Raimo Kilpiö trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player.[9] Additionally, Granlund was voted Finland's young Athlete of the Year for 2009.[10]

He has played with the Finnish national junior team at both the Under-18 and Under-20 World Championships in 2009 and 2010. At 2010 U18 Championship Granlund scored most assists with nine, and his total thirteen points was the third best in the tournament, as he helped Finland win its second consecutive bronze medal.[8] At the 2010 World Junior Championship he was Finland's top scorer with seven points as the team finished fifth overall.[11]

Among skaters Granlund was considered the top European prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.[12] While scouts have noted his small size at five feet, ten inches, they are impressed with his vision on the ice. Granlund was selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, drafted ninth overall by the Minnesota Wild.[1]

As Granlund's contract ran through the 2010–11 season, he returned to HIFK for one more season. Suffering a concussion in mid-October, Granlund was sidelined for over two months, missing the 2011 World Junior Championship as a result. Acting primarily as a playmaker, Granlund was a key player in helping HIFK win the SM-liiga title. Granlund was second in playoff scoring (5-11–16), behind team-mate Juha-Pekka Haataja (8-8--16).[13]

Granlund celebrating Finland's gold in the Hockey World Championship in Helsinki in 2011

Following the 2010–11 SM-liiga season, Granlund made his debut with the senior Finnish national team for the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Using the Mike Legg Michigan style scoop in a full-speed variation, Granlund scored a lacrosse style highlight reel goal in the semifinal game versus Russia, helping Finland win gold. [14][15][16][17][18][19] In May 2011, Dynamo Minsk from the KHL has been publicly claiming him since the team drafted him one year prior to the NHL draft .[20] However, because of Finland's mandatory military service requirements, Granlund remained with HIFK through the 2011–12 season.[21] Granlund himself has stated he's not interested in playing in the KHL[22] but planned to aim for the NHL.

Granlund signed a three-year entry level contract with the Wild during the 2012 NHL offseason.[23] With the NHL lockout postponing the NHL season, Granlund was assigned to the Wild's American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros, to begin his 2012–13 campaign.[24] After the lockout was lifted Granlund was recalled from Houston and made the Wild's opening night roster. In the first game back from the lockout he made his NHL debut and scored his first NHL goal, against Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche on January 19, 2013.[25]

On April 21, 2014, Granlund scored a goal in overtime to lead the Minnesota Wild to a playoff victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

In popular culture[edit]

After Granlund's "lacrosse-style" goal at the 2011 IIHF World Championship semifinal versus Russia, Finnish Hockey Mafia released the single "Taivas varjele!" featuring sampled comments by Finnish sports broadcaster Antero Mertaranta. The single released the same week of the much-talked about goal reached #2 in the Finnish Singles Chart[26] as well as topping the chart for most Finnish Singles downloads that week.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Kärpät Fin-Jr B 31 22 27 49 20 5 3 5 8 0
2008–09 Kärpät Fin-Jr A 35 21 36 57 45
2008–09 Kärpät SM-liiga 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 HIFK SM-liiga 43 13 27 40 2 6 1 5 6 0
2010–11 HIFK SM-liiga 39 8 28 36 14 15 5 11 16 4
2011–12 HIFK SM-liiga 45 20 31 51 18 2 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Houston Aeros AHL 29 10 18 28 8 5 1 1 2 4
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 27 2 6 8 6
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 63 8 33 41 22 13 4 3 7 2
SM-liiga totals 129 41 86 127 34 23 6 17 23 4
NHL totals 90 10 39 49 28 13 4 3 7 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Finland WJC-U18 3rd 6 2 11 13 0
2009 Finland WJC 7th 6 2 1 3 0
2010 Finland WJC-U18 3rd 6 4 9 13 4
2010 Finland WJC 5th 6 1 6 7 4
2011 Finland WC 1st 9 2 7 9 2
2012 Finland WJC 4th 7 2 9 11 0
2012 Finland WC 4th 10 1 4 5 0
2013 Finland WC 4th 4 1 2 3 0
2014 Finland Oly 3rd 6 3 4 7 4
Junior totals 31 11 36 47 8
Senior totals 29 7 17 24 6

Awards and honours[edit]

Mikael Granlund
Mikael Granlund 2010 WJC.jpg
Granlund at the 2010 World Junior Championships
Medal record
Competitor for Finland Finland
Winter Olympics
Bronze 2014 Sochi
IIHF World U18 Championships
Bronze 2009 United States
Bronze 2010 Belarus
World Championships
Gold 2011 Slovakia
Award Year
SM-liiga
Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy 2009–10 [9]
Raimo Kilpiö trophy 2009–10 [9]
Kanada-malja 2010–11 [9]
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships First Team All-Star 2012 [9]
Finnish Ice Hockey Player of the Year 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Adams, Alan (June 2010). "Top prospects gun for no. 1". The Hockey News: 25. ISSN 0018-3016. 
  2. ^ "A-nuorten SM-liigan palkitut" (in Finnish). Finnish Ice Hockey Association. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Kärppien Mikael Granlund, 17, debytoi tänään" (in Finnish). SM-liiga. 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ a b Pakarinen, Risto (2009-07-12). "Granlund sues old team". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Kärpät ei hyväksy Granlundin siirtoa" (in Finnish). jatkoaika.com. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  6. ^ Partanen, Joonas (2009-08-26). "Näkökulma". Iltalehti (Kustannusosakeyhtiö Iltalehti): 10. ISSN 0783-0025. 
  7. ^ "Mikael Granlund player card". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  8. ^ a b "Mikael Granlund Draft Card". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "SM-liigan kausipalkinnot jaettiin Liigagaalassa" (in Finnish). SM-liiga. 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Kulta-Aikku ylivoimaisesti Vuoden urheilijaksi" (in Finnish). MTV3. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  11. ^ "Finland player scoring at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  12. ^ "International Skaters Final Rankings". NHL Central Scouting Bureau. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  13. ^ "Pistepörssi 2010-11" (in Finnish). SM-liiga. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  14. ^ "Eishockey WM 2011 - Mikael Granlund Tor - Finnland vs. Russland 1:0" (in German). youTube. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  15. ^ "Finnland folgt Schweden ins Finale, Austria" (in German). orf.at. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  16. ^ "Die Russen von den Finnen entzaubert, Switzerland" (in German). nzz.ch. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  17. ^ "Schweden und Finnland spielen um Gold, Spiegel" (in German). spiegel.de. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  18. ^ "Granlunds fräckis fixade drömfinal" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  19. ^ Kimelman, Adam (2011-05-13). "Granlund scores goal for the ages at Worlds". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  20. ^ "Granlund to Minsk". HS.fi. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  21. ^ "Granlund remains in Finland". wikipedia. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  22. ^ "HIFK sports director: Granlund will not go to KHL even for truck full of money". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  23. ^ "Young hockey prospect Granlund signs 3 year contract with NHL's Minnesota Wild". hs.fi. 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  24. ^ "Houston Aeros Announce Training Camp Roster". 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  25. ^ "Wild vs Avalanche Boxscore". National Hockey League. 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  26. ^ IFPI website: "Taivas Varjele!" page

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nick Leddy
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Jonas Brodin