Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 1/9/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Mikael Granlund, drafted eighth overall by the Minnesota Wild, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, Minn. The NHL lockout was both a blessing and a curse for Minnesota Wild prospect Mikael Granlund. The 20-year-old Finnish center spent part of the lockout playing for the Houston Aeros, Minnesota's affiliate in the American Hockey League. While with the Aeros, though, Granlund suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for a month. When he was healthy, Granlund was able to adjust not only to American culture and the English language but also to the style of hockey played in North America. He scored eight goals and added 13 assists in 21 games for Houston and earned AHL Rookie of the Month honors for October. Now that the NHL's lockout is finally over, Granlund is looking to take his skills to an even bigger stage. "It was fun down there. Now I'm here. I get to do what I want to do, play in the NHL, and that's my dream," Granlund said Wednesday, his second day of skating with his new Wild teammates at Xcel Energy Center. "I'm really excited. I think all the other guy...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

FSU names Everett Golson starting QB for 2015

UCLA's Ishmael Adams arrested for suspicion of felony robbery

AJ Green heading for contract stalemate with Bengals?

Report: NFL offered to cut Brady suspension to 3 games

Report: Tristan Thompson won’t take below max from Cavs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension upheld

Report: Redskins players happy RG3 was benched

Isaiah Thomas rips list that ranks him 88th-best in NBA

Australian television want 49ers to showcase Jarryd Hayne

Urban Meyer: We will announce starting QB first snap of season

Mike Shanahan: Kirk Cousins will be a top-10 NFL QB

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Everett Golson named FSU's starting QB

Urban Meyer won't announce QB before season

Teammates relieved RG3 was benched?

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release Tim Jennings

U.S. Open men's preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker