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Granlund Signs With The Wild, But What Can We Really Expect Out Of Him?

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Wild signs Mikael Granlund, but what should we (fans) expect?

Wild sign Mikael Granlund, the drama is finally over but should Wild fans expect?

Written by Derek Felska | 24 May 2012

Not living in the Twin Cities anymore as I used to; I still have most of my friends and family living there and all they can talk about lately is all the rain. In Minnesota, the weather is predictable in only one way; that its completely unpredictable. You can have scorching heat one part of the week and then bitterly cold and frost by the end of it. I've seen it happen where you have low 90's at the start and then finish the weak in the low 40's with a bone chilling wind. It doesn't make any sense, but its what you come to expect living in the Midwest. However, as the storms and rain made some Minnesota residents wonder if they were about to have a monsoon season they also breathed a collective sigh of relief at the news that Mikael Granlund had signed his 3-year entry level deal with the Wild. It is a 3-year deal that will pay him $900,000 / season with a $90,000 signing bonus along with performance based incentives that could pay him another $1.1 million. Not too shabby, and its a two-way deal meaning team could choose to give him seasoning by sending him down to play with the Houston Aeros. Maybe it was a small sigh, but for fans across the State of Hockey they couldn't help but peak over at their calendars and realize that the deadline for his signing was about a week away. If he had not signed he would've re-entered the draft. We can all rest well now that this drama has subsided right?

Maybe. Until we see Mikael Granlund play in NHL games and put up NHL points we really don't know what we have just yet. One thing is for certain, not everyone in the State of Hockey is sold on him being the savior of the franchise. Even the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Sid Hartman, who rarely ever talks about hockey (especially in late May) chimed in that Wild fans should not expect him to be Ricky Rubio and have an immediate impact with the team. Hartman really doesn't know anything about hockey (by his own admission) so you can take his opinion with a grain of salt but he's not the only one that thinks Wild fans should be perhaps a little more guarded in their expectations before they exalt him with the title of 'baby Jesus' just yet. So what should Wild fans expect from Mikael Granlund for 2012-13? (click on the link for the rest of the article)

Apart from a large host of Finnish, Granlund hero worshippers attending the wild.com message boards, what should Wild fans expect from 'baby Jesus'? Please share your thoughts and enjoy!

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I expect Granlund to put up something in the neighborhood of 50 points (15 g 35 a) this season, assuming he stays healthy of course.

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rookie full season w wild 15-18G, plus 25A , i'm just trying to be reasonable. do i hope he takes the nhl by storm and puts up skinner rookie #'s H3LL YEAH!

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Sadly, "having an impact" offensively on this team is a pretty low bar. 10g/30p would be "having an impact" offensively. There were only five Wild who did better than that last year, maybe six if you give Clutter more credit for his 15g (but only 27p).

I think for his rookie year, I could be reasonably satisfied with 15g/40p (assuming he plays something close to a full schedule), which would put him 5th in goals and 4th in points on last years roster.

Not quite fantasy level results? 25g/60p.

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I expect Granlund to put up something in the neighborhood of 50 points (15 g 35 a) this season, assuming he stays healthy of course.

With the Swarm???

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With the Swarm???

Expectations are high, Anti....as they should be. Best offensive draft pick since Gaborik, who put up 36 points on a first year expansion team with a bunch of stiffs around him. At least Granlund will have some legitimate NHLers to play with.

I understand that, as a Minnesota sports fan, I should always set my sights low and hope for the best. That way I can never feel let down. That's the way we've been conditioned due to the years of ineptness, not just from being a fan of the Wild, but also our other "professional" sports teams.

Well, enough is enough dammit! It's about time that we raise the bar and our expectations!! :P

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assuming granlund pans out, i would expect him to eventually be a 25G-40A (65 pts) player very similar to koivu. cheers n go wild!

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I expect Granlund to put up something in the neighborhood of 50 points (15 g 35 a) this season, assuming he stays healthy of course.

I was thinking along these numbers too. I think he's good enough that he'll see significant power play time, and that's where he'll get a good number of goals and assists. It also assumes an upgrade in overall talent compared to the end of 2011/2012.

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assuming granlund pans out, i would expect him to eventually be a 25G-40A (65 pts) player very similar to koivu. cheers n go wild!

:lol: Koivu has NEVER potted 25 - strictly a set-up guy...Which is totally fine and all - but do you have a clue?

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assuming granlund pans out, i would expect him to eventually be a 25G-40A (65 pts) player very similar to koivu. cheers n go wild!

You mean those 3 years (of 7) that he made those numbers?

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laugh all you want but those are the #'s koivu should be putting up. for the doe we're paying him & his linemates should be improving very soon.

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laugh all you want but those are the #'s koivu should be putting up. for the doe we're paying him & his linemates should be improving very soon.

Do you even read what you write?

Yes - that is what MANY of us have been saying all along - that he SHOULD have those numbers! You intimated that he DOES - which is totally bogus.

Like you.

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laugh all you want but those are the #'s koivu should be putting up. for the doe we're paying him & his linemates should be improving very soon.

Well, I SHOULD be getting paid a lot more to work, but sadly, Im just not.....

:blink:

:rolleyes:

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Do you even read what you write?

Yes - that is what MANY of us have been saying all along - that he SHOULD have those numbers! You intimated that he DOES - which is totally bogus.

Like you.

Don't you have anything better to do than try and puff out your chest and act tough online when people say things you don't agree with?

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Don't you have anything better to do than try and puff out your chest and act tough online when people say things you don't agree with?

Funniest part about Your post is - You dont even understand the point being made by Anti.....:rolleyes:

(Hint; Its not about agreeing with anything)

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Don't you have anything better to do than try and puff out your chest and act tough online when people say things you don't agree with?

If you find it acceptable for him to throw out crap, with no regard to facts, maybe you have the issue, not I.

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Don't you have anything better to do than try and puff out your chest and act tough online when people say things you don't agree with?

I second that

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It's ridiculous to form any kind of lines at this time of a year. (unless you are from NY or LA, of course)

If I make an exception and say that MG would somehow play whole year in the first line with Koivu and Heatley, Heatley would probably reach 50 goals. On the other hand our finnish scoring maniacs would score together like 7 goals...

So my guess is G:3 A: 57

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for someone with the letters BJ in their name, I find it incredibly funny that you want to talk trash about people.

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Aussie? nah. Blue blooded American! had a few beers with him during a preseason game, good times. also one of the many people pounding the daylights out of his back when he wore his Latendresse jersey to the game he debuted in.

now troll, no no no. we got a plenty of them around here, one especially that can get people really fired up. hang around a while, bet you'll see him show up at some point.

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if this roster stays the same... I would "expect" to see a young prospect develop and hopefully add size throughout the year. I am not as much concerned about his stats as much as I am about how he adapts to the North American game and his health. If I had to take a random guess (again with the current roster and or what it could be without Parise / Suter) .................and a full healthy'ish year

12-24 goals

25-40 assists.

somewhere near 45 points. Would love to see him crack the 50-55+ points in 82 games. Mostly the 82games than anything else. If he can stay healthy, and learn the NHL game, his points shall come in over time.

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Antti is not a troll, he becomes laxative only when conversation turns to Granlund or Koivu. And if I understand correctly, that's the only time when finnish people are active here.

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