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Minnesota Wild Finally Sign Finnish Star Mikael Granlund

Mikael Granlund can finally take his talents to Minnesota after a couple of years of waiting. The Finnish star finally signed a contract with the team that drafted him ninth overall in the 2010 NHL draft, as reported by the Wild's website (with a terrible Finnish pun) on Wednesday morning.

Granlund spent the last three seasons playing for HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish Elite League, piling up points along with some very successful stints for the Finnish national team. Those stints included the 2011 IIHF World Championships gold medal winning run for the Finns, where he was second on the team in points and skated alongside Wild fan favorite Mikko Koivu.

It's been a bit of a wait for Wild fans, but now they can finally look forward to seeing the guy that they drafted to be a future star in 2010.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.