Mikael Granlund C MIN 2 months ago

Granlund re-signed Wednesday with the Wild on a two-year, $6 million contract extension, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Granlund, who was a restricted free agent, is expected to enter next season as the Wild's top center, pivoting a line that includes Zach Parise and Jason Pominville. The 22-year-old tallied eight goals and 31 points in 68 games in 2014-15, nearly identical production to what he posted a season earlier.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 4 months ago

Granlund posted a secondary assist in Sunday's win over the Blues.

Granlund is a proven playmaker, as evidenced by his 80 assists from the past two seasons combined. He'll look to carry the positive momentum over to the next series, against the Blackhawks.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 4 months ago

Granlund tallied a pair of assists and a plus-3 rating in Monday's Game 3 victory over the Blues.

Granlund finished the regular season strong with a point in five of his final six contests and his playoff campaign has picked up where he left off as he's totaled three points through the three games thus far. The 23-year-old's scoring wasn't consistent enough over the course of the season to earn much consideration outside of deeper leagues, but he finished the year with a plus-17 rating and is now up to plus-4 in the playoffs, giving him some value in that department.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 5 months ago

Granlund recorded an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Predators.

The 23-year-old has supplied five points (one goal, four assists) in his last seven game, giving the Wild an effective 1-2 punch with Mikko Koivu at the top two center spots heading into the postseason. While Granlund's 38 points put him on track to fall short of last season's mark of 41, his plus-18 rating has more than made amends for the slight scoring drop.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 5 months ago

Granlund registered an assist in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

The 23-year-old hasn't taken the leap forward some might have hoped for this season, as he's posted 35 points through 65 games after contributing 41 through the same amount of contests in 2013-14. However, his overall fantasy value has probably still grown from a year ago, largely by virtue of his sterling plus-17 rating. Granlund is quality roster filler in mid-sized or deeper leagues, but it might still take another year or two for him to realize his ceiling.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 5 months ago

Granlund assisted on both Minnesota goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Capitals.

He'd gone three straight off the scoresheet -- including going without a shot in the last two -- entering Thursday's action, but you can't keep a slick playmaker like Granlund down for long. Still, this has been a bit of a disappointing campaign for the 23-year-old, as he owns only a modest 32 points in 57 games, a scoring rate lower than last year's. A cool start to the year and a wrist injury derailed this campaign to some degree, but he's still got as much long-term upside as anyone.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 6 months ago

Granlund scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in Friday's win over Carolina.

Granlund has heated up of late, recording a plus-7 rating in his last three games and compiling 11 points in his last 11 games. Centering the top line with Zach parise and Jason Pominville, Granlund is worth looking at right now, as he's an elite playmaker and has a very unique skill set. Keep in mind that while he sports an impressive plus-16 rating, he's only picked up 12 PIM and rarely shoots the puck. If you're looking for points though, give this guy a look.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 6 months ago

Granlund set up both of Matt Dumba's goals, accounting for all of the Wild's offense in regulation, Tuesday in a shootout win over Ottawa.

He's got three helpers in the last two games and seven points in his last six, with a plus-6 rating and six PIM in that span to boot. It's been a disappointing campaign for Granlund, who's missed time to injury and owns only six goals and 27 points in 49 games, but he can erase the bad memories with a strong finish to the season. At just 23 years old, he's got plenty of upside that's yet to be realized, as Granlund was a point-per-game producer as a teenager in the Finnish professional league.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 6 months ago

Granlund recorded two assists and went plus-3 in Saturday's victory over the Hurricanes.The two assists helped Granlund snap a four-game point drought. Because he doesn't attempt many shots, Granlund's production often crests and troughs with the Wild's as a whole. He'll need linemate Tomas Vanek to heat up if he hopes to start collecting assists again with more frequency.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 7 months ago

Granlund picked up two assists -- on at even strength and one with the extra skater -- in Sunday's win over the Canucks.

The power-play assist was just Granlund's fourth of the season. The 22-year-old remains roster-worthy in mid-sized formats, but it doesn't appear that the breakout some might have hoped for in his third NHL season will materialize in 2014-15.