Last weekend, we had an article on Mikael Granlund getting Teemu Selanne's seal of approval as the 2010 first round pick and #1 Minnesota Wild prospect looks to make the jump from SM-Liiga to the NHL. This time, First Round Bust's Finnish expert Sampsa has translated an article from Iltasanomat.fi and was written at the same Bermunda charity tennis tournament the Selanne one was. However, this article covers the ongoing Minnesota's prospect camp, playing in the AHL versus the NHL and Granlund's take on the Wild signing coveted free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
The full translated article is after the jump.
A group of Finnish hockey stars gathered at Helsinki’s ”Kalastajantorppa” where Bermunda’s tennis tourney was held, for the 30th time the tourney’s income goes to children's and youngster's mental health charity.
One of the participants is Mikael Granlund, whose career continues in Northern America next fall.
“I’m training now and trying to get myself to such a condition that I’ve got the means to make it there,” Mikael said.
Bermunda tournament first timer Granlund wasn’t at his best on the tennis field. A composite stick suits this Oulunsalo native better than a tennis racket, and he has every reason to keep it that way. In Granlund’s NHL team Minnesota Wild, competition for playing spots is tough.
The Wild blew the transfer bank up when the team announced that it had signed 13 year 98 million contracts with both Zach Parise and Ryan suter. These two Americans were the most sought after free agents of the summer.
“Really good signings.” Granlund nods. “We got some really good names, the team just got better for sure”
Granlund hasn’t yet bothered his mind about where he plays. The 2010 draftee will probably get the spot in the show, but playing in the AHL isn’t a scare.
“I’m not afraid. If I have to play there, then I’ll play there (AHL)," Granlund said. “I haven’t thought about those things yet. I’ll try to play my best, and get to play “up there” (NHL) too.”
Granlund’s NHL dream is shining only a month away. Before that there is the Wild’s prospect camp where Granlund is participating next week.
“I was asked to go there, and I want to go. You get to know the other young guys.”
(h/t Sampsa for translating this article. If you link or take portions from it, please give him credit. You can also follow him on Twitter @foxlockbox.)