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Sunday Notes: 50 Goals This Season For Rantanen? Vegas Better Than People Think?



Mikko Rantanen

Happy Sunday to all. Overcast skies on the deck here in T-Town, cool temperatures. Perfect fall weather). Some Avalanche and NHL notes and links before I make the journey to Avalanche practice, starting with an observation on Mikko Rantanen:

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  • Boy, did he look good yesterday at practice. His shot was lethal, especially on power-play drills from the right half-wall. I’m going to go ahead and predict 50 goals for the Moose this season. He set a career high with 36 last season, and I just think it’s a realistic number for Rantanen, provided he stays mostly healthy. He only had five goals in 20 playoff games, but still had 25 points overall. I feel like this is going to be a huge year for him.
  • With Jared Bednar saying yesterday he has “no timeline” on Gabe Landeskog’s return, you have to wonder if November is a more likely return date now?
  • Jack Eichel and Phil Kessel are displaying a lot of chemistry on the ice today right now with Vegas (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • I think Vegas is still going to be a good team, better than people might expect. Bruce Cassidy is a good coach, and I think it was clear players didn’t much like playing for Pete DeBoer anymore. The whole key will be how well new goalie Adin Hill plays.
  • The Flyers have looked really bad so far in the preseason (Philly Hockey Now)
  • Speaking of DeBoer, he really likes his goalie in Dallas (Dallas Hockey Now)
  • Who on the Florida Panthers might win some NHL awards this season? (Florida Hockey Now)
  • Mitch Marner as a defenseman? It could happen in Toronto (
  • Andrew Copp hopes he’s ready by opening night for the Red Wings (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • Our indefatigable Sharks writer, Sheng Peng, is in Germany with the team and has some fun dispatches (San Jose Hockey Now)
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Marner to play D?!

Cale’s not the first fast, puck-moving d to wow the league, but if teams are considering switching top-tier forwards back to defense, that’s a measure of the impact #8 is having on the NHL.

3 D on a powerplay unit?

Maybe we’re watching a period of creative innovation…

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Nice word Dater! Indefatigable! Never too late to build on the vocabulay! Marner would be another Girard but with a superior shot. Could be interesting!

Let’s home MIAkko scores 50 and 20 in the playoffs for his whopping contract!

Adrian Dater


I agree. I don’t see why Rantanen can’t be a 50 goal scorer! Not too many teams can handle Miko, he’s lethal. Provided he stays healthy like you mentioned. Watching him at times play live when I got to go to games when I lived in Aurora, now live in Pueblo, I couldn’t believe how powerful he is and his shot is lethal. So, why not 50, he just keeps getting better?

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