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Avalanche keep Rantanen, sign Skille to contract

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Forward Mikko Rantanen, the 10th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, made the Colorado Avalanche's opening night roster.

The Avalanche set their 23-man roster Tuesday, which includes forward Jack Skille, who signed to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"I like the energy that Jack brings to the team," coach Patrick Roy said in comments tweeted by the Avalanche. "[Mikko] is playing really well. I like his work ethic."

Colorado opens at home Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

Rantanen, who turns 19 on Oct. 29, had nine goals and 28 points in 56 games last season for TPS Turku in Finland.

Skille, 28, had six goals and eight points in 45 games last season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had 13 goals and 24 points in 22 games for their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield.

The seventh pick in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Skille has 30 goals and 61 points in 239 games for the Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Blue Jackets.

The Avalanche assigned forward Dennis Everberg to San Antonio of the AHL.

"This is a good group that means well. I'm excited for the first game," Roy said.

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