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
  • C

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.

 

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. He will be playing without his brother, Mikael who left Finland to play in the North America with the Minnesota Wild organization and the talented center needs to show what he can do on his own. His defensive game is still a work in progress.

 

 

Future

Granlund will have an opportunity to showcase his creative offensive skills and hockey sense in North America as he enters the 2013-14 season. The Finnish forward will have an opportunity to play with the Abbotsford Heat and develop his game on the smaller ice surface. Granlund will find himself in the mix of talented prospects competing for a roster position with the Flames and the Heat.

 

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