Mikko Rantanen

Mikko Rantanen

25-Year-Old Right WingRW
Colorado Avalanche
2021 Fantasy Outlook
One of the league's top wingers, Rantanen led all Avalanche skaters with 66 points (30 goals, 36 assists) in 52 contests last season. The Finn was one point ahead of center Nathan MacKinnon, as that dynamic duo's line with Gabriel Landeskog remains one of the most consistent scoring threats in the NHL. In Rantanen, fantasy managers can expect consistency, as he never went more than three games without a point last season. He'll be a top-five option at right wing, and he provides the potential to produce north of a point-per-game pace while chipping in 30-to-40 power-play points. One concern -- he's never played 82 games in a season, usually missing at least a few games to injury. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $55.5 million contract with the Avalanche in September of 2019.
Nabs helper in win
RWColorado Avalanche
May 17, 2022
Rantanen notched an assist, four shots on goal and two hits in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blues in Game 1.
ANALYSIS
Rantanen helped out on a Valeri Nichushkin tally in the second period. Through five playoff contests, Rantanen is up to six assists, 10 shots on net, 18 hits and a plus-2 rating, but he's yet to score a goal. He's often had a playmaking edge to his game, but his shot volume is at two per game in the playoffs, compared to 3.4 per game in the regular season, which helps to explain why he hasn't lit the lamp yet.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:58
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:54
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
18:57
3:30
0:01
2020–21
19:55
4:01
0:02
2021–22
20:58
3:54
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Rantanen is one of the best right wingers in the game and his trajectory is only going up. He has it all -- elite skills, enormous size, extraordinary vision and excellent speed. And he was on a 110-point pace last season before crashing awkwardly into the boards in mid-February. Yes, Rantanen has had a few injuries already in his short career. But a broken leg and separated shoulder aren't worrisome. His 21-point playoff outburst (15 games) proved that with ease -- it was a better performance than certified stud Nikita Kucherov. Rantanen delivers in every major fantasy category, other than PIM. He's a first-round fantasy selection in every format.
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.
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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Playmaking ways continue
RWColorado Avalanche
May 7, 2022
Rantanen picked up two helpers in a 7-3 victory over Nashville on Saturday in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round.
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Distributes three helpers
RWColorado Avalanche
May 3, 2022
Rantanen notched three assists, two shots on goal and three hits in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Predators in Game 1.
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Back in action Thursday
RWColorado Avalanche
April 28, 2022
Rantanen (illness) will return to the lineup Thursday against Nashville, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Gearing up for Thursday
RWColorado Avalanche
Illness
April 27, 2022
Rantanen (illness) skated on his own Tuesday, and head coach Jared Bednar said the forward is "gearing up" to play Thursday at home against Nashville, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
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Remains out Tuesday
RWColorado Avalanche
Illness
April 26, 2022
Rantanen (illness) will not play versus the Blues on Tuesday, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
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