The Colorado Avalanche already have some skilled, younger players in hand in the form of Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog, but they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add a potential power forward at the 2015 NHL Draft with their selection of Finland’s Mikko Rantanen.
Rantanen has long been on the radar as a potential top 10 pick for this draft, so his being chosen 10th overall was no surprise. And, while the Avalanche could have used some high-end depth added to their defensive corps, the reality is that their overall prospect pool isn’t particularly deep and could use some of the size and skill that Rantanen brings to the table.
“On the ice, I try to be positive,” when asked how he might contribute to his new team. “Work ethic, work hard for the team, what every team needs. Hockey sense is my biggest strength, so I’ll try to use that, too.”
Rantanen, who plays for TPS Turku on Finland, certainly has the size to compete in the NHL at this time, but may need to refine some of his game back in Finland before making the jump to the NHL.
While Rantanen’s offensive skills are still a work in progress, he nevertheless provided some highlight reel moments this season, which can be viewed below.