Mikael Granlund has been shut down temporarily due to lingering concussion problems, according to Michael Russo of The Minnesota Star-Tribune. The 21-year-old forward has missed five of the Minnesota Wild‘s last six contests and seems to be struggling to remain symptom free.
Russo spoke to head coach Mike Yeo about how the team was going to handle Granlund moving forward:
We’re going to keep him off right now. He skated the other day and we’re at the point now where lets just take some time off here and make sure we get this right. … I just know that we’re not making progress, and so what we’re doing right now, we have to take a different approach.
That doesn’t seen to bode well for Grandlund’s immediate future. He has been centering the Wild’s second line this season, and Minnesota was hoping to see a big step forward from the former Finnish star after he appeared in 27 games during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign.
He’s had a hard time getting the cart on the tracks though, and this concussion problem only complicates things more for the supremely talented youngster. Through 24 games this season Granlund has two goals and 10 assists. He hasn’t played since November 27.