Avalanche Roster: 5 Forwards Who Could Make the Team

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Mikko Rantanen

Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mikko Rantanen puts on a team cap after being selected as the number ten overall pick to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Center

Height: 6′ 4″

Weight: 209 pounds

Shoots: Left

Mikko Rantanen was the Colorado Avalanche’s #10 draft pick this season. Rantanen is a big center in the model of what coach Roy wants. He uses his size to effect, but he’s also a nimble skater with soft hands. He’s oh-so-very talented.

In 56 games with the Finnish elite league, Liiga, Mikko Rantanen scored nine goals and earned 19 points. Keep in mind he put up those numbers as a 17-year-old playing in Finland’s version of the NHL. More impressively, he played in the same league the previous year als well.

In other words, Rantanen has been compering with the big boys for awhile. However, he hasn’t played with the big boys in the more physical North American clubs. There’s no news that he’s decided to sign with the Avalanche just yet, though he is expected to return for the development camp. I imagine he’ll show up at training camp as well.

Rantanen is the only Colorado draftee who might make the Avalanche roster out of training camp.

Note: I didn’t include Dennis Everberg on this list because technically he already made the team. He’s still on injured reserve and might not even make it for training camp.

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