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MIKKO RANTANEN  Finland

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BIRTHYEAR 1996-10-29 BIRTHPLACENousiainen, FIN
AGE 19 NATION Finland
POSITION W/C SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 192 cm / 6'3" WEIGHT 96 kg / 212 lbs
YOUTH TEAM TPS CONTRACT 17/18
NHL DRAFT 2015 round 1 #10 overall by Colorado Avalanche
SOCIAL  
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time U20 WJC Gold Medal 1
1-time World Championship Silver Medal 1


An exceptionally talented playmaker and always a consistent threat on the ice; Rantanen is a combination of elite-level hockey sense, silky smooth hands, and nimble skating. Needs to improve his shot and physical play, as he doesn't take advantage of his size in many situations. All-in-all, an intelligent, big-bodied forward that oozes skill. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)

© Photo: Dan Hickling

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2010-11 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 10 7 7148 |            
  TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 19 4 15198 | Playoffs 10 2 684  
 2011-12 TPS U16  Jr. C SM-sarja Q 8 6 11176 |            
  TPS U16 Jr. C I-divisioona 8 7 11182 |            
  TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 22 5 8136 | Playoffs 7 1 122  
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 4 0 000 -1 |            
 2012-13 TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 5 2 680 | Playoffs 1 1 010  
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 35 10 142414 -9 | Playoffs 9 2 464 -3 
  TPS Liiga 15 2 134 -1 |            
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 2 5722 |            
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 6 2 462 4 |            
 2013-14 TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 2 0 220 |            
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 17 5 13188 12 | Playoffs 3 2 130
  TPS Liiga 37 5 4910 -11 |            
  Finland U18  WJC-18 5 3 250 2 |            
  Finland U18 (all)  International-Jr 16 12 8200 |            
 2014-15 TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 000 | Playoffs 7 6 8142
  TPS  Liiga 56 9 192822 -1 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 5 4 042 3 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 10 4 046 0 |            
  Finland (all) International 4 0 000 2 |            
 2015-16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 0 002 -7 |            
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 52 24 366042 20 |            
  Finland U20  WJC-20 7 2 352 -2 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 5 0 334 |            
  Finland EHT 3 0 332 1 |            
  Finland WC 5 0 112 1 |            
  Finland (all) International 8 0 444 2 |            
 2016-17 Colorado Avalanche NHL - - --- |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2012-13 TPS ET 2 0 000 |            
 2013-14 TPS ET 5 0 000 |            
  Finland U18 Hlinka Memorial 4 3 470 2 |            
 2014-15 TPS Champions HL 6 2 0229 0 |            


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 52 24 36 60 1.15 42  20  |    
  Champions HL: 6 2 0 2 0.33 29  |    
  EHT: 3 0 3 3 1.00 |    
  ET: 7 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  Hlinka Memorial: 4 3 4 7 1.75 |    
  International: 12 0 4 4 0.33 |    
  International-Jr: 41 18 15 33 0.80 12  |    
  Jr. A SM-liiga: 52 15 27 42 0.81 22  | 19 10 13 23 1.21
  Jr. B SM-sarja: 29 7 16 23 0.79 | 8 2 1 3 0.38
  Jr. C I-divisioona: 8 7 11 18 2.25 |    
  Jr. C SM-sarja: 19 4 15 19 1.00 | 10 2 6 8 0.80  
  Jr. C SM-sarja Q: 18 13 18 31 1.72 14  |    
  Liiga: 108 16 24 40 0.37 36  -13  |    
  NHL: 9 0 0 0 0.00 -7  |    
  WC: 5 0 1 1 0.20 |    
  WHC-17: 5 2 5 7 1.40 22  |    
  WJC-18: 5 3 2 5 1.00 |    
  WJC-20: 12 6 3 9 0.75 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2010-2011 U16 Pohjola Camp Roster (TPS)
2011-2012 Jr. B SM-sarja Bronze Medal
2013-2014 U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
2014-2015 Jr. A SM-liiga Champion
  Jr. A SM-liiga Playoffs Best Player (Ville Peltonen Award)
  U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
2015-2016 AHL All-Rookie Team
  AHL All-Star Game
  AHL Rookie of the Year (Red Garrett Memorial Award) (Tie)
  AHL Second All-Star Team
  U20 WJC Gold Medal
  World Championship Silver Medal
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- AHL All-Rookie Team 15/16
- AHL All-Star Game 15/16
- AHL Rookie of the Year (Red Garrett Memorial Award) 15/16
- AHL Second All-Star Team 15/16
- Jr. A SM-liiga Champion 14/15
- Jr. A SM-liiga Playoffs Best Player (Ville Peltonen Award) 14/15
- Jr. B SM-sarja Bronze Medal 11/12
- U16 Pohjola Camp Roster 10/11
- U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team 13/14
- U20 WJC Gold Medal 15/16
- U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team 14/15
- World Championship Silver Medal 15/16



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2016-03-27 Up/Down Colorado Avalanche San Antonio Rampage Reassigned 
2016-03-19 Up/Down San Antonio Rampage Colorado Avalanche Recalled 
2015-10-23 Up/Down Colorado Avalanche San Antonio Rampage Reassigned 
2015-07-13 Confirmed TPS Colorado Avalanche Entry Level 
2014-10-09 Extension TPS TPS 2 years 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2013, round 2 #59 overall by Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the KHL Draft
 
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #10 by Hockeyprospect.com
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #9 by ISS Hockey
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #8 by Future Considerations
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #8 by McKeen's Hockey
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #1 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
- 2015 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #10 by TSN/McKenzie
 
Cult/Star player for TPS
 
Career transactions
- 2015-07-13 • Signed to a three-year entry-level contract with Colorado Avalanche
- 2014-10-09 • Signed to a two-year contract extension with TPS
- 2013-2014 • Contracted to TPS

Career assingments
- 2015-10-22 • Assigned to the San Antonio Rampage by the Colorado Avalanche
- 2015-Spring • Assigned to TPS U20 for the playoff games
- 2013-2014 • Assigned to TPS U20 / TPS U18
- 2012-2013 • Assigned to TPS U20 / TPS U18

Other memorable dates
- 2016-01-05 • Won World Junior Championship gold medal
- 2015-12-23 • Selected to U20 World Junior Championship roster (Named captain)
- 2015-10-24 • Made AHL debut and scored first AHL points at the same game (1+1). Goal was (assisted by B.Street and M.Geertsen),vs. the Stockton Heat (J.Gillies) +/-: +2 PIM: 0 S: 5
- 2015-10-10 • Made NHL debut against the Dallas Stars +/-: -1 PIM: 0 S: 1 TOI: 8:39
- 2014-12-22 • Selected to U20 World Junior Championship roster
- 2014-04-16 • Selected to U18 World Junior Championship roster
- 2012-12-18 • Scored first Liiga goal against HIFK. (AGE 16, 3th youngest ever who has scored in Liiga)
- 2012-12-10 • Selected to U17 World Hockey Challenge roster
- 2012-12-01 • Made Liiga debut against Kärpät. (AGE 16, youngest ever playing in Liiga)
Trivia
- Nicknames: Hot Wheels, given to him by his former teammates Derek Famulare and Jere Pulli in reference to his young age at the time