Mikko Rantanen
Mikko Rantanen
22-Year-Old Right WingRW
Colorado Avalanche
Out
Injury Leg
Est. Return 9/2/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Avalanche in July 2015.
Issued qualifying offer
RWColorado Avalanche
Leg
June 25, 2019
Rantanen (leg) received a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Tuesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reported.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Colorado qualified its most important RFA in Rantanen and should eventually come to an agreement with the dynamic winger on a long-term deal. Having amassed a total of 171 points over the past two seasons, making less than a million dollars in base salary along the way, the 22-year-old star has earned a substantial raise on his next contract.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:51
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    4:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2016–17
18:03
2:43
0:05
2017–18
18:58
3:44
0:01
2018–19
20:51
4:05
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
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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Played with fractured leg
RWColorado Avalanche
Leg
June 14, 2019
Rantanen played with a fractured leg during Colorado's second-round matchup with San Jose, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
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Tallies in Game 7 loss
RWColorado Avalanche
May 8, 2019
Rantanen scored a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
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Collects pair of assists
RWColorado Avalanche
May 2, 2019
Rantanen registered two assists, one on the power play, in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
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Corrals assist
RWColorado Avalanche
April 26, 2019
Rantanen registered a power-play assist, two shots and a minus-2 rating in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
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Three-point night extends streak
RWColorado Avalanche
April 19, 2019
Rantanen scored a pair of goals and added a helper and five shots in Friday's 5-1 win over the Flames in Game 5.
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