With the ninth pick in the 2010 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft, our Minnesota Wild bloggers at Hockey Wilderness select...
Mikael Granlund, HIFK (SM-Liiga)
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Regarded as one of the smartest players in the draft, undersized forward Mikael Granlund has drawn comparisons to Saku Koivu. Granlund has the hands, smarts, and drive to create highlight real plays, which helped him win the SM-Liiga Rookie of the Year, the top professional league in Finland. While very talented, some criticize his small size and his lack of speed but Granlund tries to make it up with elusive skating and high intensity play. The Minnesota Wild will love to add this talented offensive forward to their prospect pool which lacks any bluechip forward.
That does it for the picks on day three. Check back tomorrow for three more selections from the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks.