European Skater
Finland
Mikael
Granlund
POSITION: Center
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 180
LAST CLUB TEAM: HIFK, FINLAND
BIRTHDATE: February 26, 1992
MID RANK: 1
HOMETOWN:
FINAL RANK: 1
BORN IN: Oulu, FIN
• He averaged nearly a point-per-game in his first season in Finland's top league, leading all rookies with 40 points (13-27--40) in 43 games playing for HIFK -- a program that has produced several NHL stars: Olli Jokinen, Sami Kapanen, Kimmo Timonen as well as the Tuomo and Jarkko Ruutu.

• He represented his country at the 2010 World Junior Championships where he led his team in points (7) and assists (6) with Finland finishing fifth overall.

• At the 2010 World Under-18 Championship, Granlund helped Finland to a bronze medal, leading the tournament in assists (9) and finishing third in points (13) in six games. He had four points (1-3--4) in the 5-1 bronze medal win over Russia and was named one of Finland’s best three players. He also won bronze at the 2009 World Under-18 Championships.

• His younger brother, Markus, plays for HIFK’s junior team and joined Mikael at the 2010 Under-18 tournament totaling six points (1-5--6). They weren’t linemates, but Markus did assist on Mikael’s game-winning goal in the bronze medal game.

• Granlund first put on skates at the age of two and by the time he was five years old his father was taking him to hockey practices. He credits his parents for having the most influence on his career for their support and dedication to his hockey.

FAVORITES


NHL team: Montreal Canadiens
NHL player: Sidney Crosby
Shootout move: “Forsberg style”
Movie: The Hangover
TV show: Prison Break and 24
Website: facebook.com
Home-cooked meal: Macaroni
Place to visit: Jamaica