Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/7/13

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)
THURSDAY'S STORY LINES: For the first time in his young career, 20 year-old forward Mikael Granlund will be a healthy scratch. Granlund, who has struggled of late, said after morning skate Thursday: "I need to be better. This is a tough league." Granlund added this is not a place he wants to be and he needs to work hard to improve. Mike Yeo said though he thought Granlund played a good game Monday at Phoenix and said sitting him was a tough decision, the decision was partially based on a numbers game. But Granlund nevertheless needs to be better. Yeo met with his young forward to discuss his game. "We talked about his game and how he felt on the wing and how he was generating a lot of his chances last game, the way he needs to play every night. Some of it is because he had a couple games that were less than average. You sort of put yourself in this position, as well. It is a learning process for him and again one we have to make sure we work with him every day and try to help him through," said Yeo. Working with the young forward and keeping his confidence up will be important. Granlund has excelled at every level of play and this is the first time in his career he has faced adversity. "I think it is good for young players to have to work for everything that they get," said Yeo. "Not to say that he hasn't, but he has never had to push through something like this. These kinds of things make you stronger. And that is what we want around here." Granlund, who has three points in nine games this season, admitted that it has been tough adjusting to the smaller ice size in the NHL. Finding space isn't as easy on the NHL rink as on the international rink. "That is the biggest thing here; you don't have as much space and you have to battle hard. There is a lot of one-on-one battles. That is a little bit different. I know what it is like now here," added Granlund. With Granlund coming out of the lineup, Devin Setoguchi will stay in the lineup. Setoguchi, will play on the fourth line with Mike Rupp and Zenon Konopka. Yeo liked the way Setoguchi played Monday versus Phoenix. Still, he wants the forward to work his way back up to one of the top lines. "We're not giving him anything right now," Yeo said. "We put him on the fourth line and as far as I am concerned he responded really well. He is in a similar position tonight and if he continues to do that, I am confident he'll work his way up."
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