The so called "Finnesotans", have been lighting it up for the Minnesota Wild this year. The three headed monster of Koivu, Granlund, and Haula, have put up a combined 19 points already this postseason. The Finland natives have brought a fan frenzy to Minnesota. The Minnesota fans have fallen in love with the captain Koivu, the rookie Haula, and Mr. Clutch himself, Granlund. These three players have got the blue and white colors of the Finland flag, flying high in the Xcel Energy Center. Turku, Oulu, and Pori, have you ever heard of these places? Well you better start looking.
Turku, Finland, the birth place of our captain, Mikko Koivu. The now six year captain of the Wild, was drafted sixth overall in 2001. He has really improved as a player year by year, putting up a remarkable 54 points (43 assist, which lead the team), even with missing seventeen games due to a foot injury. 7 points already this postseason and it seems as if he is just starting to heat up for the Wild. The 31 year old has taken these young men under his wing and has been a perfect role model for Granlund and Haula. The only thing this veteran hasn’t done is win a cup. He has done so much for this team, even before stars like Parise and Suter got here to Minnesota. This Fin deserves a cup and he would be the first Finnish captain to lift Lord Stanley. Minnesota has the chance this year and we would love our Fin be the first to lift the prestigious Stanley Cup.
Now to the youngsters Granlund and Haula, the two combined for a solid regular season with 56 points (Granlund 41, Haula 15). The northern Finland city of Oulu is the birth place for another first round draft pick for the Minnesota Wild. Mikael Granlund was the ninth overall picked in 2010 and has added to the Minnesotans’ love for Fins. The 22 year old had a slow rookie year last year, but has really turned it on in 2014 season. His play in the regular season was good but his play in the postseason is what has really caught the eyes of Minnesota fans. His overtime goal in game three against the Colorado Avalanche sent a shock through the state of Minnesota. The game three win was just the start of Minnesotans falling in love with the Finnish Flow. It continued in game four when Granlund put his body on the line. Blocking three shots in the last minute of the game, sealing another win for the Wild, who eventually went on to win the series in seven games.
The underdog story, of the three Fins has to come from Erik Haula. He was a seventh round draft pick for the Minnesota Wild. He spent half of the year playing for the Minnesota Wild’s AHL team, the Iowa Wild before move up to the NHL. The former Minnesota Gopher, from Pori, Finland, brought a spark to the second half of the year for the Wild. His speed has had a huge impact for the Wild in the playoffs. In my opinion, Haula has been the best player on the ice for the Minnesota Wild in their current series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Also, the third line center has been playing great and has been a huge part of Minnesota’s penalty kill, which is top five in the NHL playoffs at 86%.
The Fins are fiening for the Minnesota Wild, as they try to upset the defending champs, the Chicago Blackhawks. They have tied the series up at two but we still need to learn how to win on the road. The Wild are a miserable 1-5 on the road this postseason and need to get a couple more road wins to be serious Stanley Cup contender.
Continue to cheer on the Minnesota Wild as they battle it out with the Blackhawks for a spot in the Western Conference Finals. The "Finnesotans" will continue to impress you the more and more you watch. From the first line center, to the third line center, they are all from Finland. It may be 4,238 miles to Finland but the blue and white are flying right in Minny.
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