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Mikael Granlund of Finland is the ninth overall pick by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the NHL National Hockey League draft Friday in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

Wild drafts center Granlund with first-round pick in NHL draft


By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Wild haven't had much production from their first-round draft picks of the past six years.

Well, on Friday night they went back to a strategy that worked before -- taking a center from Finland.

The Wild selected Mikael Granlund with the ninth pick in the first round of the draft, a center from Finland just like Mikko Koivu nine years ago when they got him with the sixth selection.

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