ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund (pronounced mih-KIGH-ehl GRAN-lund) as one of three finalists for this year's Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The recipient of the 2017 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, will be announced Wednesday, June 21, during the 2017 NHL Awards from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. CT on NBCSN.
Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues were also named finalists for the 2017 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. It marks the first time Granlund has been an NHL Award finalist in his five-season career and the first time a Wild player had been named a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
Granlund, 25 (2/26/92), totaled 69 points (26-43=69) and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 81 games during the 2016-17 regular season, ranking T-4th in franchise history for most points by a Wild player in a single season. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound forward led the Wild in points, assists, power-play points (20) and multi-point games (16), ranked second in goals and power-play goals (7), T-3rd in game-winning goals (4), fourth in shots on goal (177) and fifth in plus/minus rating (+23). The native of Oulu, Finland, set career highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, power-play goals, power-play assists, power-play points, shorthanded goals (3), shots on goal, TOI/game (18:49), and multi-point games.
Granlund ranked T-5th in the NHL in shorthanded goals, T-16th in plus/minus rating, T-20th in points and T-22nd in assists in 2016-17. He totaled a two-minute minor penalty in six of his 81 games on the season, and his 12 PIM were the lowest in his career for a full season.
Granlund totaled 17 points (5-12=17) in a 12-game point streak from Jan.12 through Feb. 4 -- the longest point streak in Wild history and T-2nd for the longest point streak in the NHL this season. He was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Feb. 6 after tying for the League lead with six points (3-3=6) in three game, the first weekly NHL honor of his career. Granlund has totaled 201 points (57-144=201) and 80 PIM in 321 games since being selected by the Wild in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.