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Two top Wild prospects injured in AHL game

Saturday, 11.03.2012 / 6:18 PM / News

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Two top Wild prospects injured in AHL game
Jonas Brodin and Mikael Granlund, two of the Minnesota Wild's top prospects, were injured playing for the Houston Aeros in the AHL on Friday.

Two of the Minnesota Wild's top prospects were injured playing for the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League on Nov. 2.

Defenseman Jonas Brodin suffered a broken clavicle and forward Mikael Granlund has a lateral right ankle sprain. Each is expected to be out multiple weeks, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Brodin (2011) and Granlund (2010) were first-round picks in the NHL Draft. Granlund is ranked as the organization's No. 1 prospect by NHL.com; Brodin is No. 3.

Brodin was hit by Oklahoma City Barons forward Taylor Hall and will be sidelined at least eight weeks, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Star Tribune on Nov. 6.

Brodin had surgery on Nov. 7, during which a plate was inserted, the newspaper reported, adding that he could be out up to 12 weeks.

Granlund fell awkwardly during the game, a 4-3 Aeros loss, and could miss two to four weeks, Fletcher said.

"He'll be able to start doing more next week and is walking pretty good, but we wanted to make sure, and mercifully, this is not the worst case scenario," Fletcher said. "It's relatively good news. It's not a knee or high ankle sprain or anything like that. It's a common ankle sprain."

Granlund was tied for second in the AHL with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in eight games. Brodin has four points.

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