Mikael Granlund C MIN 2 Months

Mikael Granlund has been a big contributor for the Wild in their 2014 playoff run.

Minnesota has some promising young forwards and they've shined in postseason. Granlund is perhaps the best example of that as he's tied for the team lead in goals with four. He also has three assists and a plus-four rating in 11 contests. The Wild might not get past the second round, but with guys like Granlund developing into great players, the Wild have a bright future ahead of them.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund scored two goals in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Chicago in Game 3 of their second round playoff series on Tuesday night.

Granlund's first goal was a beautiful individual effort as he cut into the slot past the checking efforts of both Chicago defensemen and ladled a backhander past the glove hand of Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Granlund now has four goals and three assists in 10 playoff games this year. Zach Parise also had a strong night with a goal and an assist, while Jason Pominville added two helpers in the victory. Rookie Erik Haula also scored for the Wild.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund extended his playoff point streak to four games on Monday night.

He scored his second goal of the postseason in a 5-2 win over Colorado in Game 6. Granlund has been great for the Wild in the playoffs and his commitment to two-way hockey has been evident in the series.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund was a star for the Wild in Thursday's 2-1 win over Colorado.

He was the overtime hero in Game 3 and he came up big for the Wild in Game 4 as well. Granlund earned an assist, drew three penalties, blocked three shots and won 67 percent of his faceoffs (8-of-12). His blocks came late in the third period when the Avalanche had a 6-on-4 advantage.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund's goal five minutes into overtime lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 1-0 victory over Colorado in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series Monday.

Granlund was arguably the best player on the ice on this night so it's fitting that he recorded the game-winning tally. Jason Pominville and Zach Parise drew assists on the game's lone goal, as the Wild narrowed Colorado's series lead to 2-1.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund will be reunited with Zach Parise and Jason Pominville for the start of Game 3.

The trio enjoyed some success during the regular season and they were put back together in the third period of Game 2's loss to Colorado. Granlund has no points and three shots in his first two playoff appearances.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund will make his NHL playoff debut Thursday night versus Colorado.

He missed the last six games of the regular season with a head injury, but he's ready to return for Game 1 of the postseason. Granlund had eight goals and 41 points in 63 games this year.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund (head) said he "felt really good" after Tuesday's practice.

He's expected to be available to play in Thursday's postseason opener in Colorado. Granlund will reclaim his second-line spot between Matt Moulson and Jason Pominville, which will bump Erik Haula to the fourth unit.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund (head) is likely to be back in the Minnesota lineup when the Wild faces the Colorado Avalanche in the teams' first round of the NHL playoffs this week.

It would be the playoff debut for Granlund, a key Minnesota player who has been out since early April with a head injury. Granlund would center veteran Matt Moulson, who had 13 points in 20 games since being acquired from Buffalo on March 5, and another ex-Sabre, Jason Pominville, who led the Wild in points this season with 30 goals and 30 assists.

Mikael Granlund C MIN 3 Months

Mikael Granlund (head) returned to practice Saturday.

"This was a good first step," coach Mike Yeo said. "The next step will be a matter of him getting into some contact drills and the battle part of our practices." That could happen as early as next week.