Mikael Granlund Signs Contract With Minnesota Wild

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Mikael Granlund, drafted eighth overall by the Minnesota Wild, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Wild have locked up one of the top prospects in hockey. Mikael Granlund has signed a three-year contract with the team.

In 2010, the Minnesota Wild selected Finnish hockey phenom Mikael Granlund as the ninth overall pick in the NHL Draft. This week, the 19-year-old finally signed a contract with the team.

Michael Russo at the Star Tribune reports that the forward has signed a three-year deal with the Wild that is worth $2.7 million, including $90,000 annual signing bonuses. He will be likely to be a part of the Wild roster in the fall.

Granlund has been tearing up the Finnish Elite League. In three consecutive seasons with IFK-Helsinki, the young star has won the Rookie of the Year Award, piloted his team to a championship and led the team in scoring. Granlund is a huge celebrity in his native Finland and is the No. 2 ranked prospect in all of professional hockey.

NHL fans may not have long to wait to see his talents locally on a regular basis.

For all news and information regarding the Minnesota Wild, please visit Hockey Wilderness.

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