Minnesota Wild: 5 Takeaways from the 2015 Preseason

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1. Mikael Granlund poised to step up

Sep 21, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund (64) shoots during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

A two year, six million dollar deal is what headlined the off-season for Mikael Granlund. Scoring only eight goals last season was a major dissapointment, while playing on the teams first line with the likes of Zach Parise and Jason Pominville.

Studying Granlund in the preseason has me to believe he is ready to do big things in route of becoming a better goal scorer. Only shooting the puck 99 times last season, Granlund will need to fire more pucks at the net this year. His scoring potential seemed to be evident this preseason though, setting him up for the breakout season we’ve all been anticipating.