Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund is lauded for his playmaking ability and vision, seeing plays open up paces before they happen.
It's the type of player Granlund has always been. Five years ago, as a 19-year-old, that profile was never more apparent when Granlund scored what is considered one of the greatest goals in the history of the IIHF World Championship.
With Finland taking on Russia, Granlund gained possession below the icing line. After stick-handling past one defenseman, in one motion, Granlund angled the puck onto his stick blade, circled out from below the goal, and lifted the puck under the crossbar bar with a lacrosse-style wrap-around that earned Granlund a place on a stamp in Finland.
Also in the video, a younger Mikko Koivu, on the bench getting in on the celebration.
Though none of his goals at the 2016 IIHF Championship have earned him similar postage recognition, Granlund is tied for the tournament-lead with seven points in four games, helping Finland remain undefeated in group play.
Finland next plays on Saturday against France (4 a.m. CT).