The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Mikko Rantanen to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Rantanen, 18, was Colorado’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft held last month. The top-rated international player according to NHL Central Scouting, Rantanen tallied 28 points (9g/19a) in 56 games for TPS in the Finnish Elite League (Liiga) this past season while serving as an alternate captain. The Nousiainen, Finland, native also played for the TPS junior club during the 2014-15 playoffs, helping the squad win the league championship with 14 points (6g/8a) in seven contests. Rantanen was given Best Player honors by the league for his postseason success.
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