Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/20/14
If not for the NHL lockout, Wild prospects Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin may have very well started the 2012-13 season on Minnesota's roster. Granlund, the Wild's top draft pick in 2010, is a 20-year-old forward who scored 51 points in 45 games last year playing in his native Finland. He came to the United States this fall with the hope of beginning his NHL career with Minnesota.Brodin is another international product. The 19-year-old defenseman from Sweden was taken 10th overall by the Wild in the 2011 NHL draft.The Wild signed high-profile free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter during the offseason and were hoping to be able to add young prospects such as Granlund and Brodin to this year's team. But as labor talks between NHL players and owners continue to delay the start of the NHL season, those two youngsters and many others instead began the year playing in the American Hockey League. For Granlund and Brodin, that means playing for the Houston Aeros, the AHL affiliate of the...
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