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MARKUS GRANLUND  Finland

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BIRTHYEAR 1993-04-16 BIRTHPLACEOulu, FIN
AGE 23 NATION Finland
POSITION C/W SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 183 cm / 6'0" WEIGHT 81 kg / 179 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Laser HT CONTRACT 17/18
NHL DRAFT 2011 round 2 #45 overall by Calgary Flames
CAP HIT $900,000
SOCIAL twitter 
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time U18 WJC Bronze Medal 1


A smart and competitive two-way forward that boasts an elite-level skill package. Tremendous hands and puck skills compliment the accurate release on his shot. Not an explosive skater, but mobile to a professional degree. Understands his game and what is expected of him, but can start to play out of his box when trying to exceed expectations. When playing with confidence, he knows his abilities and plays to their extent. Excellent passer as well as a shooter; consistently exhibits keen awareness and hockey sense. Strong defensively and can move the puck out of his zone very well due to his tendency to play the game in lanes. Game by game he works on the small things, and looks for ways to make an impact in the offensive and defensive end. He will only get better. [EP]

Brother: Mikael Granlund

© Photo: Timo Savela

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2007-08 Laser HT U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 9 3 11146 |            
  Laser HT U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 11 5 111626 |            
 2008-09 Kärpät U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 8 8 18264 |            
  Kärpät U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 15 14 19334 | Playoffs 7 4 81210  
  Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 2 1 010 |            
  Kärpät U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 2 0 330 |            
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 6 2 572 |            
 2009-10 HIFK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 3 0 330 |            
  HIFK U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 8 9 17266 |            
  HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 37 17 254238 31 | Playoffs 14 2 111318
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 2 3516 |            
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 8 6 81418 |            
  Finland U18 WJC-18 6 1 564 2 |            
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 2 1 012 |            
 2010-11 HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 40 20 325249 5 | Playoffs 5 4 596
  HIFK Liiga 2 0 000 0 |            
  Suomi U20  Mestis 6 3 366 3 |            
  Finland U18  WJC-18 6 2 8106 4 |            
  Finland U18 (all)  International-Jr 23 14 193314 4 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 3 0 220 |            
 2011-12 HIFK U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 000 | Playoffs 1 1 010
  HIFK Liiga 47 15 193418 19 | Playoffs 3 0 000 -3 
  Kiekko-Vantaa  Mestis 1 0 000 0 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 2 576 5 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 16 5 131820 |            
 2012-13 HIFK Liiga 50 10 203018 3 | Playoffs 5 1 234
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 5 7124 -1 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 3 0 332 -1 |            
 2013-14 Calgary Flames NHL 7 2 130 2 |            
  Abbotsford Heat AHL 52 25 214622 10 | Playoffs 4 2 352 -4 
 2014-15 Calgary Flames NHL 48 8 101816 -4 | Playoffs 3 0 110
  Adirondack Flames AHL 21 9 81714 -2 |            
 2015-16 Calgary Flames NHL 31 4 378 -1 |            
  Stockton Heat AHL 12 5 4910 4 |            
  Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 2 136 -3 |            
  Finland EHT 4 1 450 2 |            
  Finland (all) International 4 1 450 2 |            
 2016-17 Vancouver Canucks NHL - - --- |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2011-12 HIFK ET 7 1 124 |            
 2012-13 HIFK ET 4 2 2414 |            
2015-16 AHL/ECHL/USHL/WHL/OHL/QMJHL stats powered by HockeyTech


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 85 39 33 72 0.85 46  12  | 4 2 3 5 1.25 -4 
  EHT: 4 1 4 5 1.25 |    
  ET: 11 3 3 6 0.55 18  |    
  International: 4 1 4 5 1.25 |    
  International-Jr: 61 28 50 78 1.28 58  |    
  Jr. A SM-liiga: 77 37 57 94 1.22 87  36  | 20 7 16 23 1.15 24 
  Jr. B SM-sarja: 10 9 20 29 2.90 |    
  Jr. B SM-sarja Q: 5 1 3 4 0.80 |    
  Jr. C SM-sarja: 26 19 30 49 1.88 30  | 7 4 8 12 1.71 10 
  Jr. C SM-sarja Q: 17 11 29 40 2.35 10  |    
  Liiga: 99 25 39 64 0.65 36  22  | 8 1 2 3 0.38 -3 
  Mestis: 7 3 3 6 0.86 |    
  NHL: 102 16 15 31 0.30 30  -6  | 3 0 1 1 0.33
  WHC-17: 5 2 3 5 1.00 16  |    
  WJC-18: 12 3 13 16 1.33 10  |    
  WJC-20: 13 7 12 19 1.46 10  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2007-2008 U16 Pohjola Camp Roster (Laser HT)
2008-2009 Jr. B SM-sarja Bronze Medal
2009-2010 Jr. A SM-liiga Playoffs Most Assists (11)
  Jr. A SM-liiga Rookie of the Month (January)
  Jr. A SM-liiga Silver Medal
  Jr. B SM-sarja Champion
  U18 WJC Bronze Medal
2011-2012 Jr. A SM-liiga Champion
  SM-liiga Most Assists by Rookie (19)
  SM-liiga Most Goals by Rookie (15)
  SM-liiga Most Points by Rookie (34)
2012-2013 U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
2013-2014 AHL Rookie of the Month (February)
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- AHL Rookie of the Month 13/14
- Jr. A SM-liiga Champion 11/12
- Jr. A SM-liiga Playoffs Most Assists 09/10
- Jr. A SM-liiga Rookie of the Month 09/10
- Jr. A SM-liiga Silver Medal 09/10
- Jr. B SM-sarja Bronze Medal 08/09
- Jr. B SM-sarja Champion 09/10
- SM-liiga Most Assists by Rookie 11/12
- SM-liiga Most Goals by Rookie 11/12
- SM-liiga Most Points by Rookie 11/12
- U16 Pohjola Camp Roster 07/08
- U18 WJC Bronze Medal 09/10
- U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team 12/13



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2016-04-26 Extension Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 2 years 
2016-02-22 Confirmed Calgary Flames Vancouver Canucks Traded 
2015-11-26 Up/Down Stockton Heat Calgary Flames Recalled 
2015-10-20 Up/Down Calgary Flames Stockton Heat Reassigned 
2015-10-15 Up/Down Stockton Heat Calgary Flames Recalled 
2015-10-05 Up/Down Calgary Flames Stockton Heat Reassigned 
2015-03-18 Up/Down Adirondack Flames Calgary Flames Recalled 
2015-03-03 Up/Down Calgary Flames Adirondack Flames Reassigned 
2015-02-19 Up/Down Adirondack Flames Calgary Flames Recalled 
2015-02-06 Up/Down Calgary Flames Adirondack Flames Reassigned 
2015-02-02 Up/Down Adirondack Flames Calgary Flames Recalled 
2015-01-22 Up/Down Calgary Flames Adirondack Flames Reassigned 
2014-10-31 Up/Down Adirondack Flames Calgary Flames Recalled 
2014-10-08 Up/Down Calgary Flames Adirondack Flames Reassigned 
2014-04-17 Up/Down Calgary Flames Abbotsford Heat Reassigned 
2014-02-24 Up/Down Abbotsford Heat Calgary Flames Recalled 
2014-01-01 Up/Down Calgary Flames Abbotsford Heat Reassigned 
2013-12-29 Up/Down Abbotsford Heat Calgary Flames Recalled 
2013-09-25 Up/Down Calgary Flames Abbotsford Heat Reassigned 
2013-04-19 Confirmed HIFK Calgary Flames Entry Level 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2011, round 1 #24 overall by Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the KHL Draft
 
 
Cult/Star player for Laser HT U18
Cult/Star player for HIFK U18
 
Biography
Markus Granlund, like his older brother Mikael Granlund, grew up playing ice hockey in the Oulu Region in Northern Finland. In 2008 he moved to the junior ranks of Oulun Kärpät. The following year Kärpät had a contract dispute with Mikael, which resulted in the brothers moving to Helsinki to play for HIFK.

While older brother Mikael made the jump to SM-liiga, Markus honed his skills in the HIFK U20 team. It is notable that while Markus did play a handful of U18 between 2008 and 2010, he, like his brother, quickly progressed from the U16 level to U20 level. After two seasons in the U20 ranks, Markus made the jump to SM-liiga.

Despite being among the best Finnish players of his age group, he was not as touted as his older brother who was a first round NHL pick and had become SM-liiga Champion and World Champion before Markus started playing professionally. The Calgary Flames picked him on the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The fame of his brother shadowed him, but he proved to be more than just the brother of a hockey phenomenon. In his first professional season he was the highest scoring rookie in SM-liiga and put up respectable numbers in the following season as well.

Following his second season with HIFK in SM-liiga, Granlund signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Calgary Flames. Despite having a clause to play in Finland, he opted to stay in North America. He spent the majority of the season in the AHL with the Abbotsford Heat. In his first month he struggled a bit, but picked up the pace once he adjusted to life abroad. In his first season in North America Granlund was the highest scoring rookie of his team and was named Rookie of the Month for February 2014.

His efforts in Abbotsford were quickly noticed by the Calgary Flames. He was eventually called up to play in the NHL and made his NHL debut on February 27, 2014. He logged his first point, an assist, in his third game with the Flames. Incidentally in that game against the Minnesota Wild he faced his brother Mikael.

Markus Granlund draws comparisons with his brother Mikael, but despite the competitive relationship with his brother he tends to distance himself from it. The shadow of his brother could have been a bane to him, but he has managed to use that to his benefit, striving to establish himself on his own terms. As evident in many photos, on ice he looks ordinary and seemingly uninterested with little room for emotion, but it is likely just his way of staying poised and confident. In other words, as seen both in SM-liiga and in the AHL, his seemingly phlegmatic disposition can be deceptive.

Trivia
- Scored a "lacrosse-style" goal in an SM-liiga game on November 17, 2011. The move is a Granlund brothers signature trick that he and his brother trained to do in their youth.