Mikael Granlund will begin a new chapter in his career later this month when he plays his first game for the Houston Aeros of the AHL.
Granlund dominated in his home country of Finland last season, scoring 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists) in SM-liiga.
After playing three years in Helsinki, Granlund will provide the Wild with a first-line talent who will have little trouble adjusting to the NHL game.
He has the potential to be the Wild's second-best center from day one, and it's no secret that Minnesota needed to add another playmaker at that position before next season.
Only five players scored more than 30 points last season for the Wild, which helps illustrate how ineffective this team was offensively for much of last year.
Granlund will add another dimension to the Wild offense, and could have the most profound impact of any rookie forward in the NHL next year. He's going be an immediate success.