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Fantasy Summary

Big winger, heavy on the puck with middle-six scoring upside


Observations

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March 2020 – Ranta has committed to the University of Minnesota for the 2020-21 season. His 2019-20 campaign put him on a lot of radars than had previously omitted him thanks to a strong WJC and a more obvious presence in the NCAA. His point-per-game rate has risen slightly, but more importantly he is seeing more important minutes, he doubled his shot volume, reduced his PIMs, and put on extra weight while remaining very fast. He is a fantasy riser right now and is a contender to turn pro at the conclusion of his next NCAA campaign if he wants to. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2020 – Ranta spent most of the 2020 WJC tournament in the bottom-six for Team Finland, but his 6 points in 7 contests was good for T-4th on the squad and he was among the top performers in the final elimination matches. Finland lost a lot of firepower to injury and Ranta stepped up, and was one of the players on the ice in the final minutes of the bronze medal game with the goalie pulled. A successful tournament for the prospect, let’s hope he carries that momentum into the second half of his college season. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2019 – Good news for Avs fans and fantasy owners – Ranta’s exceptional summer showcase performance was indeed a sign of things to come. In 18 NCAA games so far (half the total he played in 2018-19) he has surpassed last campaign’s goal total (now at 7) and is closing in on his previous point total (16, currently at 11, tied for the team lead). He is shooting way more (nearly 3 SOG per game) so his newfound goal total is not unsustainable. The sophomore is also seeing more powerplay time where is putting up roughly half his goals. These are all extremely strong vital signs for a player we already knew was talented, and is now putting it together. Hayden Soboleski

 

August 2019 – It is dangerous to put too much stock into a summer tournament, but Sampo Ranta had an outstanding World Junior Summer Showcase for Team Finland. He showed off his wicked shot, general ability to finish off plays, and had high energy consistently throughout the tournament. If he performs like that in the NCAA this season, he will be joining the pro ranks sooner than anticipated. Hayden Soboleski

 

April 2019 – 16 points in 36 games was not an offensive breakout by any means, but Ranta finished the season stronger than he started. Despite having an above-average shot, his shooting volume needs to go way up before he’ll become a fantasy-relevant scorer (55 SOG is not nearly enough). Expect better production once he a) gets more shot attempts and b) receives real PP time (hopefully as a sophomore). Hayden Soboleski

 

February 2019 – Ranta was among the final cuts for Team Finland at the WJCs. He has remained in Minnesota, putting up 11 points in 25 games so far. He will require another year or two of seasoning and more meaningful NCAA minutes before pushing for a pro deal, so don’t draft expecting quick returns. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2018 – Ranta has been invited to Team Finland camp for the upcoming WJCs. With 6 points in 14 NCAA games, his rookie season hasn’t been a breakout one, but his tools still make him a dangerous weapon if he does make the Finish squad. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2018 – Early in his first NCAA season, Ranta is looking strong with 3 points in 4 games. He’s making good use of his excellent wrist shot; time will tell is he can maintain his pace as a reliable goal-scorer. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2018 – The Avalanche used their second 3rd-round pick on Finnish (but living in USA) winger Sampo Ranta. At 78th overall, this was the expected range for Ranta to be picked in.

 

Ranta has spent his last two seasons in the USHL, where he has put up decent scoring numbers. The fact that he’s very physically developed for his age certainly helps give him an advantage in the junior game. He scores and battles enough to prove a worthy gamble, but not enough to be a sure bet, but the fact that he has North American experience and International Tournament experience (U-18s) is an advantage. He has committed to the University of Wisconsin in the NCAA for 2018-19, and expect at least two years of development there. Not worth fantasy drafting yet until we see how he fares in the NCAA. Hayden Soboleski

 

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country FIN
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 31, 2000
Height 6‘2”
Weight 205 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 3; Overall: 78

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Finland Selects U13QC Int PW2 2 35 0|        
 2014-2015 TPS U16U16 SM-sarja7 1 12 0|        
 2015-2016 RB Hockey Academy U18 RBHRC U1819 20 929 12|        
  RB Hockey Academy U18 RBHRC-Int. U1817 9 615 4|        
  RB Hockey Juniors RBHS U204 3 25 0|Playoffs4 1 01
  RB Hockey Juniors RBS Elite Jr. A7 2 24 0|        
  RB Hockey Academy U18ICEJL0 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr3 1 12 0|        
 2016-2017 Sioux City MusketeersUSHL30 6 39 4|Playoffs1 0 00
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr6 2 24 4|        
 2017-2018 Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 12 0|        
  Sioux City MusketeersUSHL53 23 1437 24|        
  Finland U18WJC-187 1 12 4|        
  Finland U18 (all)International-Jr17 2 46 12|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA36 6 1016 29|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr7 2 13 2|        
 2019-2020 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA35 12 820 10|        
  Finland U20WJC-207 0 22 14|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr14 2 46 18|        
 2020-2021 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA- - -- -|        

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