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Canucks announce Granlund to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

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CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 23: Markus Granlund #60 of the Vancouver Canucks in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 23, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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The best season of Markus Granlund’s professional career is ending on a down note.

Granlund, who’s posted career highs in goals (19) and points (32), will undergo season-ending wrist surgery, the Canucks announced on Monday.

“Markus has had an ongoing wrist injury which we’ve treated through regular maintenance and rehabilitation,” Vancouver GM Jim Benning said in a release. “Our Canucks medical team and Markus believe that surgery is the best course of action for his long-term health and by having the procedure now it will allow him to have more time to rehabilitate and work out in preparation for next season.

“Markus is an important part of our team and we are confident he’ll have a full recovery.”

Granlund, 23, was one of the biggest bright spots in a fairly disappointing campaign for the Canucks. He sat second on the team in goals at the time of his injury -- one behind Bo Horvat, who has 20 -- and had his TOI spike to 17:19 per night, by far his highest since breaking in with Calgary during the ’13-14 campaign.

It’ll be interesting to see how Granlund’s absence affects Vancouver’s slide down the standings. The Canucks head into tonight’s action sitting 27th in the NHL with 65 points, just four out of 29th (currently held by Arizona, with 61 points).