StaTuesday: Wild’s Granlund has developed into a shooting star

The Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund is tied for 12th in the NHL in scoring.

Mikael Granlund made his 300th career NHL game one to remember.

Minnesota’s fifth-year forward scored a spectacular goal just 12 seconds into overtime, getting past Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty and then beating goaltender Jonathan Quick to lift the Wild to a 5-4 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

It was Granlund’s 55th point of the season, moving him into a tie with stars Phil Kessel and Vladimir Tarasenko for 12th in the NHL in scoring.

But while Granlund has always been regarded as an exceptional playmaker, he’s rapidly evolved into a dangerous scoring threat.


Season Games Goals Assists Points +/-
2012-13 27 2 6 8 -4
2013-14 63 8 33 41 -3
2014-15 68 8 31 39 17
2015-16 82 13 31 44 -12
2016-17 60 20 36 56 29

He leads the Wild in scoring with 20 goals — tied with Nino Niederreiter — and is on pace to double his previous career high in goals.

And while Granlund’s shooting numbers have stayed more or less the same this season, his percentages have shot up.

His 5-on-5 shooting percentage has more than doubled compared to last season.


Season 5-on-5 Overall
2012-13 6.1% 5.6%
2013-14 8.0% 7.7%
2014-15 9.1% 8.1%
2015-16 5.7% 8.1%
2016-17 11.3% 14.9%

Granlund ranks 11th in the league and eighth among forwards (minimum 30 games played) with an 11.25 shooting percentage at 5-on-5, while the Wild average 3.18 even-strength goals per 60 minutes when Granlund is on the ice and just 1.52 goals against.

He’s not alone.


Player Team SH%
Patrick Laine WIN 13.01%
Jason Zucker MIN 12.98%
TJ Oshie WAS 12.62%
Kevin Hayes NYR 12.09%
Mark Scheifele WIN 11.60%
Matt Dumba MIN 11.56%
Alex Ovechkin WAS 11.53%
Michael Grabner NYR 11.40%
Brady Skjei NYR 11.34%
Ryan Suter MIN 11.26%
Mikael Granlund MIN 11.25%
Karl Alzner WAS 11.21%
Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS 11.19%
Trevor Van Riemsdyk CHI 11.18%
Nicklas Backstrom WAS 11.17%
Jay Beagle WAS 11.07%
Nino Niederreiter MIN 11.02%
Mikko Koivu MIN 11.00%
Jared Spurgeon MIN 10.94%
Thomas Vanek DET 10.91%

Granlund, Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker have combined to form one of the league’s most potent scoring lines, and it’s led to some huge numbers for the trio.

Zucker leads the league with a 3.95 GF60 at 5-on-5, nearly doubling his numbers from last season.

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