Mikael Granlund Gets The Teemu Selanne Seal Of Approval

While top Minnesota Wild prospect Mikael Granlund has had his share of Finnish player endorsements - including this commercial - there aren't many higher than the Godfather of Finnish hockey, Teemu Selanne. However that's exactly what the current Anaheim forward did in this article from MTV3.fi (translated into English by Sampsa P.) while the two were at a charity tennis tournament:
Teemu Selänne is skating his career’s last strides whereas Mikael Granlund’s career is only starting. 
Granlund begins the next season in Minnesota Wild as a team mate to Mikko Koivu and Niklas Bäckström. Selänne has no doubts about 20-year old Granlund’s chances in the NHL. He is going to do just fine! I’ve always said, that if youre a smart player you’re going to be ok. Then “Mikke” adds all these other qualities on top of that, he is excellent with the puck and sees the game well, says Selänne to MTV3.fi 
Under 6 ft. Granlund could have had problems with his size before the lockout rule changes, but Selänne reminds that even similar sized Saku Koivu was able to make the break to the NHL. 
“Size isn’t as big of a matter as it was before. Saku came in at a challenging time. Hockey today is more skill based, huge colossals (players if this doesn’t translate too well) have disappeared from the game. It’s a win to the sport. Back in the days, small players weren’t even drafted no matter how good they were.”
Granlund, of course, will be in the Twin Cities for Minnesota's prospect development camp. It's another chance to dazzle fans and maintain his overall paintball badassery.

(h/t Sampsa for translating this article. If you link or take portions from it, please give him credit.)

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