Antti Raanta
Antti Raanta
30-Year-Old GoalieG
Arizona Coyotes
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Raanta lost most of the 2018-19 season to a lower-body injury, going 5-6-0 in 12 appearances with a 2.88 GAA and a .906 save percentage -- just a year removed from marks of 2.24 and .930 over 47 appearances. In his stead, Darcy Kuemper picked up a firm grasp on the starting job in the Coyotes' crease. Going into the season, either Raanta or Kuemper could emerge as the starter. Raanta is expected to be healthy heading into training camp. Staying healthy has been Raanta's primary obstacle to obtaining a full-time starting gig, so anyone interested in Arizona goaltending should probably consider locking up both if possible. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract extension with the Coyotes in April of 2018.
Cruises to first win
GArizona Coyotes
October 19, 2019
Raanta turned aside 34 shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Senators.
The 30-year-old netminder took a shutout into the third period, and Arizona had a 4-0 lead before Ottawa even got on the board. Raanta has taken a back seat to Darcy Kuemper in the early going, starting only two games to Kuemper's five, but Raanta's 1-0-1 record, 2.43 GAA and .926 save percentage should earn him more work.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Raanta worked against the grain of the Coyotes' second-to-last-place standing by turning in a remarkable 2017-18 campaign. Clearly, the ex-Blackhawk and former Ranger benefited from two-year apprenticeships with Corey Crawford and Henrik Lundqvist, as he was able to post a winning record (21-17-6) plus the highest save percentage (.930) of any netminder who appeared in at least 33 games. The fact that Raanta managed such a lofty save rate on top of a winning record despite his team's egregious minus-48 goal differential speaks volumes about the Finn's pure skill and upside for the future. Known for his calculated positioning between the pipes, he figures to be a mainstay for the burgeoning franchise, but staying healthy has been rather challenging for him.
Shipped to Arizona along with top-line center Derek Stepan in June, Raanta will get his first chance to serve as a No. 1 netminder after acting as the understudy to Corey Crawford in Chicago and then Henrik Lundqvist in New York for his first four NHL seasons. Over the past three, Raanta hasn't posted a save mark lower than .919, and Cam Talbot’s success upon moving to Edmonton after backing up Lundqvist gives us a framework to analyze what the Finn might do now that he’s escaped the shadows of two star goalies. He'll have the benefit of a blue line that's added defensive specialist Niklas Hjalmarsson, with whom Raanta is familiar from their time together with the Blackhawks, as well as Stepan’s own-zone proficiency -- a much-needed attribute in the desert, as the Coyotes have been known as a soft target for opposing offenses in recent seasons. He should easily fend off any challenge for playing time that may be posed by mediocre backup Louis Domingue.
As he enters his age-27 season, Raanta has never been an NHL starter, and he appears set to continue that way. After a solid first season as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup, Raanta will be back for another two years in the same role after re-signing in early May. Unless the King suffers an injury, the Finn will hold fairly minimal fantasy value outside of deep formats in which his strong ratios can help despite his limited playing time.
Raanta turned in sparkling work as the Blackhawks' second-string goalie last year, supplying a spectacular .936 save percentage and 1.89 GAA in 14 games (12 starts), but nonetheless found himself displaced from that role by Scott Darling by season's end. That resulted in a trade to the Rangers, where the Finn will slot in as the backup behind star netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist spent some rare time on IR last year, but he's usually an iron man out there, so don't expect Raanta to see more than about 20 starts this season. When he does play, though, he may be one of the most appealing backups around, just as Cam Talbot was last season.
Raanta stepped into the crease last season when both Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a season-ending injury and Corey Crawford was out for a period of time and did an admirable job filling the net. Sure, he needs to improve that .897 save percentage, but he did go 13-5-4. He is a reliable backup and should continue to grow his game. We think he'll see about the same number of games, 25, as last season,and he should provide those of you in daily leagues with a decent streaming option.
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Facing Ottawa
GArizona Coyotes
October 18, 2019
Raanta will defend the blue paint during Saturday's home game against the Senators, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official website reports.
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Hard-luck OT loss
GArizona Coyotes
October 12, 2019
Raanta allowed three goals on 32 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche on Saturday.
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Set for Saturday debut
GArizona Coyotes
October 10, 2019
Raanta will start Saturday's game in Colorado, Alexander Kinkopf of the Coyotes' official site reports.
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Promoted to top level
GArizona Coyotes
October 5, 2019
Raanta was recalled from AHL Tucson on Saturday.
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Posts shutout on conditioning stint
GArizona Coyotes
Lower Body
October 4, 2019
Raanta (lower body) stopped all 19 shots he faced in Friday's 2-0 win over AHL Texas.
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