The 19-year-old was the team’s first round pick, 10th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
He failed to record a point in nine games last season, but had a strong campaign in the minors, as he scored 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games. Those are incredible numbers for a teenager getting his first taste of AHL action.
It looked like Rantanen would make the Avs out of training camp, but an ankle injury changed that.
After Saturday’s game against Florida, the Avalanche will have six days between games, which is why they’ll leave their top prospect in the minors for another week.
Both head coach Jared Bednar and GM Joe Sakic have stated that the young forward will have a top-six role with the club when he arrives.