Agreed on having no challengers for the 1C position.
I raised the ire of more than a few Wild fans when I suggested about two seasons ago that Granlund would be the 1C that Mikko Koivu could never be.
And it's not that I don't like Koivu, like some fans thought, its just that, really, he is a 2C at best, but ideally, an EXCELLENT two way 3C who could produce if given some equally skilled bruising type wingers.
But Granlund really is special...or at least, has the potential to be.
A bit of a sophomore slump.
Signing Vanek to work with him on the second line and having Vanek start wretchedly and Koivu playing horrible on the first line, Granlund took a step back. He will bounce back, probably this year.
I DID forget him didn't I?
Well, appropriate...he has been invisible most of the year!
But you are of course, correct, add him to the Minnesota Finns.
And to be fair, he has been playing much better of late in 4th line duties, no less.
You know, though, @MinnyNorthernLights , Haula is one of the 'younger talent' I alluded to in my big post where I said the Wild should pull out all the stops to sign Granlund long term...even if it meant parting with some others.