Minnesota is willing to be patient with rookie Mikael Granlund while he adjusts to the NHL.
"He has got to get back to playing at a little higher pace and moving his feet and playing the system a little better in certain zones in particular, and then in the offensive zone, he can let his creativity take over," GM Chuck Fletcher said Wednesday. "This is part of the process. A couple off-nights for a 20-year-old is nothing to get overly alarmed about. It happens all the time. We'll see how he reacts, but right now we feel he's better than any of the other alternatives [in Houston]." Granlund has a goal and two assists in his first seven games with the Wild, but he hasn't found the back of the net since the team's opener.