The Minnesota Wild were likely hoping for some big things from one of their top prospects, Mikael Granlund, as he returned from an upper-body injury on Wednesday night, as the team was to take on the Phoenix Coyotes. All of that hope and all of those expectations were dashed in just one shift, his first shift of the night, as Granlund took a high hit and was forced from the game with another upper-body injury, possibly a recurrence of his last injury.
Nevertheless, the Wild were quick to act, as they placed the young Finn on the Injured Reserve on Thursday morning and called up Jason Zucker to take his place in the line-up. Granlund, now that he is on the IR, will now miss at least one week's worth of action and if it is concussion problems, which no injury has actually been confirmed, there is a good chance that he will miss more time than just one week.
In 24 games this season, Granlund has picked up 2 goals and 10 assists, scoring at half a point per game this season. On Thursday morning, I have Granlund ranked at 198th in pool scoring, which is sure to drop during his time on the IR.
Granlund was the 301st overall pick in the 13th round to Scott G. in the draft this year, which means he is coming in at a pretty reasonable bargain. Scott currently sits at the bottom of the second grouping in the standings in 11th place with 186 points, 16 points out of the prizes.
The loss of Granlund now brings Scott's projected games to be played total down to 22 for the rest of Week Nine, which is on the lower end of the scale, but he still sits in the thick of the mix.