Avalanche fans: Jump on the Mikko Rantanen bandwagon while there’s still room

Those of you that showed up to the Pepsi Center Thursday night were probably disappointed when you found out Mikko Rantanen was scratched from the lineup. He’s been one of the main attractions at training camp and everyone is intrigued to see how he’ll perform in the preseason. That’s because the buzz around Colorado’s first round pick has been slowly growing since arriving in Denver. Rantanen has impressed in training camp and in his first game in an NHL sweater he found the back of the net.

Rantanen is longshot to make Colorado’s opening night roster but the way this young Fin has performed so far it’d be foolish to count him out.

So, for those of you who were disappointed Rantanen wasn’t on the ice Thursday this should help ease the pain. And, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Colorado’s newest young gun here’s what you’ve been missing; you’ll be impressed just nine seconds in. Enjoy.

At the World Junior Championships Rantanen looked like a man amongst boys. He might have been the best draft eligible prospect in the tournament.

And, just in case you didn’t realize this, his hands are filthy.