ST. PAUL, Minn. On Sunday, Mikael Granlund traded his white Houston Aeros jersey for a suit and tie. Instead of hockey skates, the 20-year-old Finland native donned a pair of brown dress shoes.
This isn't exactly how Granlund had hoped to look as his Aeros team hosted the Rockford IceHogs at the Xcel Engery Center, where Granlund could possibly soon call home as a member of the Minnesota Wild. For now, though, Granlund is forced to watch as an ankle injury suffered earlier this month has sidelined the Wild's top prospect.
Granlund was taken by Minnesota with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NHL draft. After the Wild drafted the talented forward, Granlund played two more seasons in his native Finland before finally coming over to the United States.
There was just one problem, though: the NHL lockout. The league is still locked out as owners and players continue to argue over how to share the league's revenue. That has left players like Granlund to spent time ...