Geek of the Week: Is Mikko Rantanen the Real Deal in Multicategory Leagues?

Scott Maran

2018-03-18

After an abysmal season last year, the Colorado Avalanche have bounced back big time this year. Even though they still may fail to qualify for the postseason, there’s been a huge improvement in their play as they’re no longer at the bottom of the standings. Much of this can be contributed to the superb play of Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, who have been carrying the offense this season. However, despite the stellar breakout season from Rantanen, fantasy poolies should remain cautious with him. As appealing as his point totals are, the fact that he doesn’t contribute to other categories makes him a risky own in the future.

Drafted 10th overall by the Avalanche just three years ago, Mikko Rantanen quickly became one of Colorado’s top offensive prospects. After a nine-game tryout in 2015, he made the NHL full-time last year and put up a very respectable 20 goals and 18 assists in 78 games. Entering the season this year at only 21 years old, Rantanen had plenty of potential (and the opportunity) to break out. The only thing that might have held him back was the team he was playing on, as he might not have received a ton of support on what was expected to be a pretty terrible Avalanche roster.

However, Rantanen has completely blown away expectations as he’s been one of the most productive players in the league. This has translated especially well to fantasy hockey as he’s always been one of the strongest fantasy hockey players to own. According to our Fantasy Hockey Geek, in an average 12-team Yahoo league measuring goals, assists, shots, power-play points, and hits, Rantanen is ranked as the 37th best skater.
 

 

Rank

FHG Value

GP

G

A

SOG

PPP

HITS

Ryan Suter

38

47

71

6

41

140

22

70

Jonathan Marchessault