2010 Draft Player Card: Mikael Granlund

Name: Mikael Granlund Position: Center

Height: 5’10 Weight: 180 Shoots: Left

Team: HIFK  Born In: Oulu, Finland

Statistics:

HIFK: 2009-10: 43 games, 13 goals, 27 assists, 40 points, 2 PIM

Rankings: CSS: 1 (European Skaters), ISS: 14, THN: 10

Mock Draft: Top 10

Scouts Say:

“Saku Koivu clone. He’s small, but no one’s told him he’s small. He has a really good, winning attitude, works very hard. He’s tough, and he has very good hockey sense.”

Comparison: Saku Koivu

Video:

….Called the smartest player in the draft, Granlund isn’t ranked as highly as he probably should be. He is playing in the Finnish Elite league and averaged nearly a point per game. He is small, but if he has the same drive and determination, not to mention skill set as Koivu, he shouldn’t be looked at as a risk of a pick. If players like Jeff Skinner and Vlad Tarasenko are off the board by ten, the Rangers wouldn’t be making a bad pick by taking him and having him come over in a year or two.