Avalanche List: Top 5 Draft Picks for #10

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#2: Mikko Rantanen

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Position: Right wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’4″
Weight:  212 pounds
Draft Range: 5 to 12

There’s a lot to like about the big right wing from Finland, Mikko Rantanen (except for his first name – it’s the same as our rival’s captain, but I digress). Rantanen is absolutely the “big forward” and skilled player Joe Sakic was talking about.

In my own mock draft I chose Mikko Rantanen for the Avalanche. In the Fan Sided Mock Draft, Mile High Sticking selected Rantanen, and I’m not going to say I twisted Janik’s arm, but… I was a little forceful in my input.

I think Rantanen has exactly what the Avalanche need. He’s big, and he’s extremely talented in making plays. He’s a fantastic skater with soft hands. Mikko dominates on ice, and I could see coach Roy wanting him for the team.

That said, there’s one player I want even more than Mikko Rantanen for the Colorado Avalanche’s #10 pick.