In last night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Mikael Granlund looked like a rookie. He made a number of mistakes, was constantly crossing in close quarters to his teammates (suggesting he was out of position - not something easy to do when playing center), failed to make the little decisions when he needed to make them, could not seem to dump a puck or chip a puck around a defender, and could not, for the life of him, hang on to his stick. He looked... human. When there is as much hype and excitement built up around a single player, the expectations rise. The kid arrives, and boom, reality. Turns out the NHL is a better league than SM Liiga or the AHL. Who knew? There are calls by fans, and by those more in the know, that Finnish Baby Jesus may need some additional time to season in Houston. Somewhere, Heather is squealing with delight. The argument goes that Granlund would get the minutes he is getting here, but he would be able to get his legs under him and learn to walk before he runs. The opposition says that he needs to stay here, that it is trial by fire, and for his caliber of prospect, he needs to sink or swim. It isn't often you will find a Wild fan that was so scarred by HWSRN that they don't want prospects to spend as much time as possible developing, so it is odd to see this group call for him to stay and suffer through the slings and arrows. The truth, as always, may lie somewhere in between.
What to do with Mikael Granlund
Hockey Wilderness | Jan 31