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Avalanche select Mikko Rantanen

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Joe Sakic takes the big Finnish forward tenth overall

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Welcome to the Avalanche family, Mikko!

Colorado selected the 6'4" 215 pound RW tenth overall in tonight's amateur draft. Unlike his peers drafted thus far in the 1st Round, Rantanen has been playing the past two seasons in the Finnish Elite league against men, and could be physically ready to play in the NHL next year. Just as intriguing is, because he has played in Europe and not the OHL, he immediately qualifies to play for Colorado's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, next year. We could see Rantanen sooner than many prospects in this draft class.

Like I mentioned in the SBNation NHL Mock Draft, where we also drafted Rantanen, the most intriguing part of these statistics was during the World Junior Championships. Playing against many of the players in this draft class, he scored four goals in five games.