The best player in the NHL last week was Avs forward Mikko Rantanen

Nov 14, 2022, 11:25 AM
Mikko Rantanen...
(Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Amidst a plethora of injuries, the Avalanched needed their best players to step up.

Fortunately, that’s been the case and then some.

A week after center Nathan MacKinnon was named the NHL’s second star, forward Mikko Rantanen did him one better. Rantanen was named the league’s No. 1 star for games played last week on Monday morning.

In just two games played, Rantanen put up a ridiculous seven points. That came in the form of three goals and four assists, including the game-winning goal against Nashville last Thursday. The Avs beat the Predators 5-3, and followed that up with a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday. Rantanen was involved on all four goals, tallying one goal and three assists.

Even without Gabriel Landeskog (knee surgery), Valeri Nichushkin (ankle surgery) and a slew of important second-tier players, the Avs are still rolling. They’ve won four straight games and now sport an 8-4-1 record and 17 points on the young season.

Their success is truly a testament to Rantanen, MacKinnon and Cale Makar being excellent, along with Logan O’Connor stepping up and consistent goaltending from both Alexandar Georgiev and Pavel Francouz.

The Avalanche will look to keep things going tonight against the St. Louis Blues and earn a fifth victory in a row. The defending champs are still playing like champs, even with a slew of injuries.



Erik Johnson Cale Makar...
Will Petersen

Here we go: Avalanche getting back two big defensive additions tonight

While the Avas won't have everyone back in the lineup tonight against the Coyotes, they're getting back both Cale Makar and Erik Johnson
13 hours ago
Devon Toews...
Will Petersen

Avs surge up Power Rankings, remind rest of the NHL they’re still champs

The Avs were No. 11 last week on the NHL's list, but are now a much more accurate No. 5, as only one team in the West is in front of them
2 days ago
Nikola Jokic Michael Malone...
Will Petersen

As the Nuggets regain their form, the Avalanche’s injuries catch up to them

Wednesday night is what makes sports fun; just when narratives about the Nuggets and Avs were developing, each team flipped the script
3 days ago
Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar...
Will Petersen

In NHL player survey, Cale Makar wins big, MacKinnon bested by McDavid

In a percentage gap that wasn't even close, 63.9% of respondents deemed Makar the best defenseman in the NHL; receiving nearly 400 votes
3 days ago
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 12: Manager Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche watches as his team p...
Jake Shapiro

Mile High Hockey: March 22, 2023

How the Avs have survived the worst and how Jared Bednar is the most interesting coach in Denver sports history.
3 days ago
Darren Helm...
Will Petersen

After 2.5 months away, Avs playoff hero Darren Helm once again returns

While Helm's certainly not a top player on the Avalanche, he's a glue guy who proved he can come up big in the most tense moments
3 days ago
The best player in the NHL last week was Avs forward Mikko Rantanen