It’s not the type of news any NHL club wants to hear, regardless if the injury news is based around two highly sought after prospects that the Minnesota Wild are raving about. So rather than call it the Houston Aeros Injury Report, which it actually should be, we called it the Wild Injury Report as we could see both players suiting up in Minnesota this season (if there is a season). It also resonates based on both players being Wild property. Anyway, here’s the skinny from the medical report.
Fresh off being named the AHL player of the month for October, Mikael Granlund will miss a few weeks with what is being called a strained muscle in his right leg, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. Chuck Fletcher, the Wild GM chimed in on Granlund’s injury saying it could have been much worse.
“You see him go down and think the worst, but this may be relatively good news.” – courtesy the Star Tribune.
The injury happened during Friday night’s game which Granlund was suiting up for the Houston Aeros, taking on the Oklahoma City Barons.
Granlund, who was a first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2010 draft has gotten off to a blazing start this season, registering 10 points in 8 games before the injury. After spending the past three seasons playing in Finland, Granlund appears ready to make a run at cracking the Wild roster this year so nursing this injury to avoid any further complications is a must for the 20-year old.
Friday’s game also saw top defencemen prospect Jonas Brodin go down to injury, this time a much more severe case than Granlund’s.
Brodin was railroaded by Taylor Hall, a hit that earned him a match penalty and a likely suspension. The result of the hit broke Brodin’s clavicle and will force the 2011 first-round pick to miss several weeks.
Fletcher told Russo that Brodin will return to Minnesota to be evaluated by team doctors and that this type of injury usually results in a six to eight week recovery process.
Brodin is also said to be a serious contender to make the Wild’s roster if the NHL resumes this season. Here’s to hoping that both players make a speedy recovery and we see them back on the ice in no time. Hopefully by that time it’ll be the Wild ice.
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