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Updated: March 12th, 2013 10:43am
Struggling Wild prospect Mikael Granlund reassigned to Houston

Struggling Wild prospect Mikael Granlund reassigned to Houston

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The writing has been on the wall for a week, and on Tuesday the Minnesota Wild made it official.

After sitting out the past two games as a healthy scratch, 21-year-old uber prospect Mikael Granlund was sent down to the Houston Aeros of the AHL.

Granlund's only goal came in the first game of the season against the Colorado Avalanche. He also has five assists.

"He is a big part of our future, a huge part of our future, and we're definitely aware of that," Wild coach Mike Yeo said after Sunday's 4-2 win over the Canucks. "We'll do whatever we can to try to help his development and make sure we're not hurting it in any way."

A first-round pick by the Wild in 2010, Granlund has recently fallen behind fellow young forwards Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker on the depth chart. The Wild would rather him play regularly in Houston than sit on the bench in Minnesota.

In this story: Mikael Granlund, Mike Yeo