Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen has four points in return from injury

Thomas Williams
Hockey writer
Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen made his presence known in his first game back from injury. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Some players take a few games to get back up to speed after returning from an injury, but Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen only needed a couple minutes to start producing.

In his first game since sustaining an apparent leg injury on Oct. 21, the 23-year-old was able to score a goal and assist on three others against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Four points in his first game after being sidelined for over a month is some way to let the hockey world know about his return.

Rantanen was a massive reason why the Avalanche were able to walk away with the 7-3 win.

His first point of the night was a gorgeous primary assist from behind the net on this Nazem Kadri goal that tied things up at one in the first period.

Colorado proceeded to lay it on them, scoring a total of seven unanswered goals to hold a 7-1 lead just over halfway through the game.

After two periods of action, Rantanen had secured all the stats he needed.

The forward did not return in the third — presumingly for precautionary reasons after he went off in just under 11 minutes of ice-time.

With the Avalanche still not completely healthy — captain Gabriel Landeskog and defenceman Erik Johnson are the two notable absences at this time — one can only imagine what this lineup could look like once they get all their pieces back together.

Through 10 games, Rantanen has six goals and 16 points this season.

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