He carried his strong play over to the NHL season with 85 points for Boston, at least 24 more than he's had since making his NHL debut during the 2009-10 season.
FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby plays in an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Pittsburgh.
Yzerman played against Crosby during the 2005-06 season, his last season with the Detroit Red Wings and Sid The Kid's first in Pittsburgh.
Yzerman picked him to play for Canada at the Olympics and Crosby led the way to gold medals in 20.
Granlund will no longer fly under the radar if he can help the Wild get past the Blues in their first-round series that starts Wednesday night.
JOHN GIBSON The Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks hope their 23-year-old goaltender can bounce back from last year's postseason appearance that lasted just two games because he was benched during a first-round exit against Nashville.