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Wild sign 2010 first-round pick Granlund

Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 10:47 AM / News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Wild sign 2010 first-round pick Granlund
The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday the club has signed 2010 first-round pick Mikael Granlund to a three-year, entry-level contract.


The Minnesota Wild announced Wednesday the club has signed 2010 first-round pick Mikael Granlund to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Granlund made the announcement himself in a video message to Wild fans posted on the team's website.

He later told the team's website, "Now I'm a member of the Minnesota Wild and it's a dream for me. I'm really excited. … I've improved a lot of things. Everything as a player -- I'm stronger and I think I'm ready to play in the NHL next season."

The Wild selected Granlund with the ninth pick of the 2010 Entry Draft. A 5-foot-10, 180-pound center, the 20-year-old has been a star for three seasons with HIFK in SM-liiga, Finland's top league. He was fifth in the league in scoring in 2011-12 with 51 points in 45 games. He also had 11 points in seven games while captaining Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship, and had five points in 10 games for Finland at the World Championship.

Last season, he had 36 points in 39 games and returned from a concussion to lead the league in playoff scoring with 16 points as HIFK won the league championship. He then added nine points in nine games to help Finland win the gold medal at the 2011 World Championship.

Granlund joins a growing crop of impressive youngsters that could fight for roster spots on the Wild next season, a list that also includes forwards Charlie Coyle, Zack Phillips -- currently starring for Saint John at the Memorial Cup -- Johan Larsson, Brett Bulmer, Jason Zucker, and defenseman Jonas Brodin.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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