Markus Granlund
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Markus Granlund

Hometown:

Oulu Finland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-04-16

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

2nd round (45th overall), 2011

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Markus Granlund spent most of the season with Karpat’s U-16 squad. In 23 games for that squad, he scored 22 goals and added 37 assists for 59 points. In 7 playoff games, he scored 4 goals and added 8 assists for 12 points.

2009-10: Granlund spent most of the season with HIFK’s U-20 squad, appearing in 37 games for that team. He netted 17 goals and added 25 assists for 42 points. In 14 playoff games, Granlund scored 2 goals and added 11 assists for 13 points. Granlund also played for the HIFK U-18 squad, scoring 9 goals and adding 20 assists for 29 points in 11 games. Granlund played for Finland at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists for 5 points in 5 games. He also played for Finland’s bronze medal team at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal and adding 5 assists for 6 points in 6 games.

2010-11: Played for HIFK’s U-20 squad, appearing in 40 games for that team. Granlund netted 20 goals and added 32 assists for 52 points to go along with 49 penalty minutes. In 5 playoff games, he scored 4 goals and added 5 assists for 9 points. Granlund captained Finland’s team at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 2 goals and adding 8 assists for 10 points in 6 games.

2011-12: Granlund skated for HIFK in Finland’s SM-Liiga and played for Finland at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. A teammate of older brother Mikael Granlund on both HIFK and the U20 team, he scored 15 goals with 19 assists and was plus-19 with 18 penalty minutes in 47 games for HIFK as a rookie. He saw limited time in the playoffs – appearing in 3 of 4 games – and was minus-three with no points nor penalty minutes. He played on the top line along with Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen for fourth-place Finland at the WJC; scoring 2 goals with 5 assists in seven games and was plus-five with 6 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Granlund had a strong second half for HIFK after a disappointing World Junior Championship tournament and signed a three-year entry-level contract with Calgary in April 2013. He was the second-leading scorer for HIFK behind veteran Joakim Eriksson. scoring 10 goals with 20 assists in 50 games, and was +3 with 18 penalty minutes. HIFK finished eighth and lost to Kanada Cup champion Tappara in the playoff quarterfinals. Granlund played in five of eight playoff games – missing the preliminary series with SaiPa – and scored 1 goal with 2 assists; finishing with an even plus/minus and 4 penalty minutes. Granlund skated on Finland’s top line with Joel Armia (Buffalo) and Miikka Salomaki (Florida) at the WJC. He was tied for second among scorers in the tournament with Armia, behind Canada’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, scoring 5 goals and 7 assists in six games, but the bulk of those points came in Finland’s three blowout wins. Finland struggled against the top teams; finishing seventh.

2013-14: Granlund made his NHL debut with the Flames on February 27th in a game against Los Angeles. He appeared in seven NHL games as a 20-year-old in his first pro season in North America — scoring 2 goals with 1 assist — and was +2 while averaging 12 minutes of ice time. Granlund spent most of the season with Calgary AHL affiliate Abbotsford and was the third-leading scorer for the Heat. He scored 25 goals with 21 assists and was +10 with 22 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games. The Heat finished second in the West Division before losing to Grand Rapids in a first round series. In four playoff games Granlund led Abbotsford with 2 goals, both on the power play, and had 3 assists, finishing -4 with 2 penalty minutes.  

Talent Analysis

Granlund has good hockey sense, excellent playmaking abilities and sees the ice well. The skilled center is exceptional at running the power play but needs to improve his overall strength and skating to play at the NHL level. The younger brother of the Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund, he has emerged from his brother's shadows and has begun to establish himself as an effective offensive threat. His defensive game and positional play is improved but still needs refining and his size and strength is sometimes a disadvantage at the NHL level.

Future

Granlund attended training camp with the Flames before being assigned to AHL affiliate Adirondack to start the season and has shuffled between Calgary and the AHL club in 2014-15. After posting nine points in his first 10 NHL games in November his scoring pace slowed a bit and he has gone back and forth between the two teams; continuing to dominate at the AHL level. Granlund will need to round out his overall game to stay in the NHL but long-term he projects as an effective playmaking forward.

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