After notching 6 points in 3 games last week, Mikael Granlund was named the 2nd star of the week by the NHL. His performance on Saturday night was a huge reason why. He was able to score his first career hat trick, and pick up an assist, in a 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks. This 4 point performance marks a single-game career-high for Granlund.
Granlund is currently on a 12-game point streak, which is the longest in Minnesota Wild franchise history. Since Dec. 7th, he has the most points in the entire NHL with 34. He is currently tied for 12th in total points with Alex Ovechkin and Artemi Panarin (48 points). Granlund has played in 51 games and is on pace for 87 points this season; a truly remarkable number. He has already surpassed his career-high of 44 points last year. He played in all 82 games during that season.
Drafted 9th overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft, Granlund seems to finally be playing like the superstar we hoped he would become. He has been a tremendous offensive presence and has made big time plays when it matters most. In a draft class that includes superstars like Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall and Vladimir Tarasenko, Granlund currently has the 8th most points among those members (180). Wild fans should be excited for what could come in the future, if Granlund remains solid.
Watch for Granlund to continue his 12-game point streak tonight as the Wild take on the Winnipeg Jets (7:00 p.m.). The Wild are currently the 2nd best team in the NHL, behind the Washington Capitals, with 73 points. They are also the best team in the Western Conference.