One of the top Minnesota Wild prospects will return to the Houston Aeros lineup this Friday when the club welcomes back Mikael Granlund. The high scoring center man has missed the last twelve Aeros’ games with an ankle injury that he suffered back on November 2 against the Oklahoma City Barons.
The interesting twist is that through the first eight games of the season, the Aeros were 4-3-1-0 with Granlund in the lineup. Since his injury the Aeros have gone a surprising 7-3-0-2 without the former first round draft pick which includes the current five-game winning streak that will be put on the line this Friday.
While you could make the argument that the Aeros are playing good hockey without Granlund, anytime you can insert a pure goal scorer into your lineup you take it; regardless of what some might say.
The fact is the Aeros will be a better team with Granlund suiting up. Yes any type of team chemistry or line combinations that seem to be flowing will be disrupted, but we’re talking about the pros here and they should be able to adjust to having a better skilled player in the lineup. Keep in mind, whoever has the benefit of playing alongside Granlund will instantly become a better player as he has a way of making those around him better.
Granlund does have 12 points in 8 games prior to the injury which enforces the fact that he’s a legitimate offensive threat every time he’s on the ice.
Welcome back Mikael.
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