First round pick to spend at least one year in Finnish leagueWisconsin News
- Mikael Granlund, the first round pick of the Minnesota Wild, will spend at least one more year in Finnish Elite League.
ST. PAUL - The Wild's top pick in the NHL Entry Draft says he'll play at least one more year in the Finnish Elite League.
18-year-old forward Mikael Granlund was the ninth overall choice in the draft. He scored 13 goals and added 27 assists last season for his team in Finland. There were a number of Minnesota natives taken in the NHL Draft over the weekend, but none was selected by the Wild.
Four Minnesotans went in the first round; defenseman Derek Forbort of Duluth went to the L-A Kings, center Nick Bjugstad of Blaine was taken by Florida, forward Jarred Tinordi was picked by Montreal, and the New York Islanders chose center Brock Nelson of Warroad.