Mikko Rantanen
Mikko Rantanen
22-Year-Old Right WingRW
Colorado Avalanche
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
Nets game-winner in overtime
RWColorado Avalanche
November 19, 2018
Rantanen garnered two assists and scored the game-winning goal during Sunday's 4-3 overtime win against Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Rantanen picked up his ninth multi-point game of the season, upping his total to a league-leading 32 points through 20 games. The winger has set the NHL standard with 24 assists, while the game-winning goal in overtime was Rantanen's eighth of the season.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:07
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:58
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
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
21:07
3:58
0:02
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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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Leading NHL in assists
RWColorado Avalanche
November 15, 2018
Rantanen scored a goal and added two assists with a plus-1 rating, two PIM and four shots on goal in a 6-3 victory against the Bruins on Wednesday.
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Two more points in win
RWColorado Avalanche
November 12, 2018
Rantanen scored a goal and assisted on another in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Oilers.
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Tacks on three more helpers
RWColorado Avalanche
November 3, 2018
Rantanen delivered three assists -- including a power-play helper -- in Friday's 7-6 overtime road loss to the Canucks.
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Puts up four points Friday
RWColorado Avalanche
October 27, 2018
Rantanen scored a goal and served up three assists Friday in a 6-3 win over Ottawa.
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Lights lamp twice in win over Philly
RWColorado Avalanche
October 22, 2018
Rantanen scored two goals on three shots while adding three blocked shots, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.
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