Mikko Rantanen
Mikko Rantanen
22-Year-Old Right WingRW
Colorado Avalanche
Out
Injury Contract Dispute
Est. Return 9/25/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Avalanche in July 2015.
No show at camp
RWColorado Avalanche
Contract Dispute
September 12, 2019
Rantanen (contract dispute) isn't included on the Avalanche's initial training camp roster.
ANALYSIS
Rantanen is just one of the numerous high-profile restricted free agents that remains unsigned heading into training camp. The 22-year-old winger is still expected to come to terms with Colorado on a new contract prior to the regular season, so at this point there's no reason for fantasy owners to anticipate him missing the Avalanche's Opening Night matchup with Calgary. The Finnish phenom is due for a massive pay raise after setting career highs in goals (31) and assists (56) in 74 games last campaign.
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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
2018
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2015
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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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.
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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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