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Avalanche recall top prospect Mikko Rantanen after conditioning stint

Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen skates against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Denver. Minnesota beat Colorado 5-4. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Colorado Avalanche have recalled top prospect Mikko Rantanen from the AHL San Antonio Rampage following a conditioning stint.

The clubs first round pick in 2015 (tenth oveall), Rantanen injured his ankle during the summer rookie tournament and missed training camp as a result. He featured in four AHL games for the Rampage during his brief spell with the club, registering two assists.

Rantanen appeared in nine NHL games for the Avalanche last season, impressing many but ultimately failing to pick up any points. After being re-assigned to San Antonio he went on to score 24 goals and 60 points in 52 AHL games, winning the Red Garrett Memorial Award as the Rookie of the Year (shared with Boston Bruins prospect Frank Vatrano).

He was also a member of the Finland teams which won gold at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships in Helsinki and silver at the IIHF World Championships in the spring.

Prior to being drafted and moving to North America, he was also winner of the 2015 Ville Peltonen Award as the best post season performer in the Junior A SM-Liiga after scoring six goals and 14 points in seven games for TPS Under 20 side. The 19-year-old also had nine goals and 28 points in 56 Liiga games for the TPS senior team in the same year.

The Avalanche are coming off the back of a four game Eastern Conference road trip, during which they picked up two wins to extend their record to 3-2-0 to begin the year.

Rantanen may make his season debut on Friday, when Winnipeg visit the Pepsi Center.

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