Mikko Rantanen

Mikko Rantanen

24-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.
Ups points streak to five games
RWColorado Avalanche
October 23, 2021
Rantanen scored a goal on a team-leading six shots Saturday in a 4-3 shootout win over Tampa Bay. He also had two PIM.
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Rantanen one-timed a Nathan MacKinnon dish to finish off a 2-on-1 at 11:51 of the second period, giving the Avalanche a 2-1 lead. The goal, Rantanen's third of the year, extended his point streak to five games to open the season. He has five points so far while generating a team-best 19 shots on goal.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:57
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:28
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
2019–20
18:57
3:30
0:01
2020–21
19:55
4:01
0:02
2021–22
21:57
3:28
0:01
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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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Lone source offense in road loss
RWColorado Avalanche
October 21, 2021
Rantanen tallied a goal on two shots and had two PIM in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Panthers.
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Lights lamp with man advantage
RWColorado Avalanche
October 19, 2021
Rantanen scored a power-play goal on three shots in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to Washington.
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Produces assist in loss
RWColorado Avalanche
October 16, 2021
Rantanen recorded an assist and a team-high six shots on goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Blues.
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Contributes assist Wednesday
RWColorado Avalanche
October 13, 2021
Rantanen posted an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.
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Deposits two goals Tuesday
RWColorado Avalanche
October 6, 2021
Rantanen scored two goals on four shots along with one hit and four PIM in Tuesday's 7-4 preseason loss to the Golden Knights.
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