On Tuesday, the Wild assigned Granlund to the Aeros, who will play two games this week; Thursday against the Abbotsford Heat and then again on Saturday at San Antonio.
Fans in St. Paul have been debating what the Wild should do with the kid, who has struggled in his first season in the NHL. Some want him down in Houston to get top-line minutes, while others wanted to see him playing those same minutes with the big club.
Right now, the Wild are just doing too well without Granlund, so it looks like Plan "A" is in order.
It'll be nice to see where the kid's head's at down here against the Heat on Thursday.
Here is the full release from the Wild:
MINNESOTA WILD REASSIGNS MIKAEL GRANLUND TO HOUSTON
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned forward Mikael Granlund to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Granlund, 21 (2/26/92), collected six points (1-5=6) in 19 games with Minnesota this season and registered a goal in his NHL debut vs. Colorado on Jan. 19. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound native of Oulu, Finland recorded 21 points (8-13=21) in 21 games with the Aeros this season. He was named the AHL Rookie of the Month for October scoring 10 points (3-7=10) and a +5 rating in seven games. Granlund was Minnesota’s first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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