On The Rise! Prospect of the Month: September

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Mikael Granlund, drafted eighth overall by the Minnesota Wild, poses on stage with team personnel during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

On the next issue of On The Rise, I will introduce you to our Prospect of the Month feature! Now that September is over and hockey season looming just around the corner, a few Wild prospects have already played a couple of games, displaying their worth (or not so much worth). 

If you want to follow the prospects as I do but through an easy-to-read format, follow my Prospect Tracker on HFboards or follow me on twitter @circulartheory.

And without futher ado, here is the Wild's September Prospect of the Month: Mikael Granlund!

Prospect of the Month

This Month's Statistics:

Name GP
G
A
Points
PIM
+/-
Mikael Granlund
8 3 7 10 0
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The Wild's 9th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft have Wild fans finally excited after years of lacking a bluechip, offensive prospect. Only an 18-year old, Granlund is tied for 2nd in scoring with 10 points in the top Finnish league.

Some wondered if Granlund's transition to center, a position that is often seen to have additional defensive responsibilities than the those of the wingers, would result in less points but Granlund seems to be doing fine stat-wise. As Russo mentioned on his blog, "To put this in perspective, Mikko Koivu, in his fourth year in the league for TPS, scored a career-high 30 points. This kid is lighting up a league full of mostly men."

If Granlund continues to produce at the rate he is throughout the whole season, the possibility of him joining the Wild in the 2011/2012 season is not too far-fetched. The only question is, can he continue to produce on a consistent rate while not being a defensive liability?

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