Mikko Rantanen
Mikko Rantanen
22-Year-Old Right WingRW
Colorado Avalanche
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Rantanen let loose his crease-crashing frame en route to back-to-back 80-plus-point seasons with the Avalanche -- an otherworldly total comprised of 60 goals and 111 assists since the start of the 2018-19 campaign. Averaging more than four minutes of ice time on the power play -- as was the case last year (4:05) -- helped the right winger drop an astounding 33 man-advantage points through 74 games. Despite sustaining a fractured leg in Round 2 of the 2019 playoffs, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder still generated a goal and four assists to mask the injury, and the bigger concern from a fantasy standpoint is not knowing how long it could take the Avalanche to re-sign the restricted free agent. After all, Rantanen is sure to command a huge payday once he pens his first major contract. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $55.5 million contract with the Avalanche in September 2019.
Corrals three points
RWColorado Avalanche
October 14, 2019
Rantanen scored a power-play goal and added two assists in Monday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
The Finnish winger set up Nikita Zadorov's tally in the first period and capped the four-goal frame with a power-play marker as well. Rantanen then set up Nathan MacKinnon's empty-netter to ice the result. Rantanen has recorded four goals and five helpers over a season-opening five game point streak. He's showing no rust from his extended contract holdout that cost him the entire preseason.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
One of just four players to post an even strength Corsi For percentage over 50 percent (50.24) on the Avalanche's roster last season, Rantanen predictably posted his best season of his short NHL career with 84 points -- 29 goals and 55 assists -- over 81 games. Still only 21, there's plenty of room for development and improvement on his numbers, finishing with an even rating on the campaign despite his offensive outburst. With the Avalanche returning a young, talented top line that also includes Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, it's reasonable to anticipate that Rantanen will remain on par or outpace his production from a season ago. The addition of Philipp Grubauer between the pipes should only help his rating, as well.
Rantanen was one of the few positives to come out of Colorado’s disastrous 2016-17 season, emerging as a likely top-six forward for years to come with a team-leading 20 goals and 18 assists in 75 games. The 10th pick in the 2015 draft finished with a minus-25 rating, but there were actually six other Avalanche players that did just as poorly or worse. While his team’s expected shortcomings will do Rantanen no favors in that category again this year, the 20-year-old’s scoring upside makes him worth a gamble on draft day.
Selected by the Avalanche with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Rantanen is a crafty playmaker with nifty hands who sees the ice very well. The 18-year-old is currently listed at 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, and after Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, and Noah Hanifin, he may have the best chance of any of this year's draft picks to open the season in the NHL. It's still more likely that Rantanen spends another year abroad before joining the Avalanche in the second half of 2015-16 or even the following season, as he still doesn’t use his size to his advantage as much as he should. But there's no denying the winger's offensive abilities, which he showcased time and time again during the World Junior Championships, scoring four times in five games for the Finnish squad. He now joins an organization ripe with young offensive talent, and in time, he may establish himself as one of the best of the lot.
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Logs another multi-point game
RWColorado Avalanche
October 6, 2019
Rantanen had a power-play goal and an assist along with a pair of shots on goal in Colorado's 4-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday.
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Shows no rust in season opener
RWColorado Avalanche
October 3, 2019
Rantanen scored two goals -- one on the power play -- and added five shots on goal in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Flames.
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Ready for season-opener
RWColorado Avalanche
September 30, 2019
Rantanen will play in Thursday's season-opener versus the Flames, A.J. Haefele of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Agrees to six-year deal with Avs
RWColorado Avalanche
September 28, 2019
Rantanen and the Avalanche have agreed to a six-year deal with a $9.25 million AAV, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
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No show at camp
RWColorado Avalanche
Contract Dispute
September 12, 2019
Rantanen (contract dispute) isn't included on the Avalanche's initial training camp roster.
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