Talk about a double whammy; Mikael Granlund of HIFK takes a hit to the head from Ossi Väänänen of Jokerit and then goes headfirst into the crossbar. The 2010 9th overall draft choice of the Minnesota Wild was driving toward the net in SM-liiga playoff action before the hulking former NHLer got his hands up and rode Granlund into the net.
According to a rough translation of a Finnish news story, there was no call on the play and Granlund left the game after a brief skate. It’s hard to tell if Väänänen targeted Granlund’s head, but his hands most certainly connected with the Wild prospect’s noggin.
Granlund, who missed 21 games with a concussion this season, notched 36-points in 39 games with HIFK Helsinki. Hockey’s Future recently ranked Granlund as the Wild’s top offensive prospect. Granlund scored two goals, including the game winner, in Finland’s “Winter Classic” back in February. He is expected to bring his talents to North America for the 2011-12 season.
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