Mikko Rantanen
Mikko Rantanen
24-Year-Old Right WingRW
Colorado Avalanche
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $55.5 million contract with the Avalanche in September of 2019.
Generates pair of helpers
RWColorado Avalanche
May 17, 2021
Rantanen registered two assists, including one on the power play, and added six shots on net in Monday's 4-1 win over the Blues in Game 1.
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Rantanen set up goals by Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon in the contest. The 24-year-old Rantanen was the Avalanche's leading scorer in the regular season with 30 goals and 66 points, including 24 on the power play, in 52 outings. The Finnish winger will play a significant role during the postseason.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:55
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    4:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
20:51
4:05
0:01
2019–20
18:57
3:30
0:01
2020–21
19:55
4:01
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Takes team scoring lead
RWColorado Avalanche
May 13, 2021
Rantanen recorded a pair of assists, three shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Kings.
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Distributes three assists
RWColorado Avalanche
May 12, 2021
Rantanen notched three assists and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 6-0 win over the Kings.
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Adds power-play assist
RWColorado Avalanche
May 8, 2021
Rantanen notched a power-play assist, two shots on goal and two PIM in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Kings.
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Earns second 30-goal campaign
RWColorado Avalanche
May 7, 2021
Rantanen scored a power-play goal on seven shots in Friday's 3-2 win over the Kings.
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Another multi-point outing
RWColorado Avalanche
May 3, 2021
Rantanen scored a goal on three shots and added an assist in Monday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks.
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