Yesterday, the Wild completed task #1 on their offseason to do list and inked their #1 prospect, Mikael Granlund to a 3 year entry level contract. The signing comes four days after Granlund and Team Finland came up short at the World Championships. Here is the video of Granlund announcing his signing:
For just about everyone, there was a lot to celebrate. The team had signed one of hockey's top prospects. He will join the team for the beginning of the 2012-13 season. The message was plastered across the team's website, and some of us (mainly myself), flocked to the Hockey Lodge to buy a Granlund jersey.
But, not all of us in the State of Hockey were buzzing over the Granlund signing. During his weekly SidCast, Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune went insane when Granlund was compared to what Ricky Rubio was for the Timberwolves. And at the very end of the video, he went as far to say "What a joke!" Ill save my rant on this for a different day. But the Wild itself had some comic relief on that subject this morning.
The Mikael Granlund watch is over. Now, we start looking ahead to the next task on Chuck Fletcher's offseason checklist: The NHL Draft. Then following that: Free Agency. Lets hope he can ride the momentum of this signing throughout the summer...