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Paul Klee: Avalanche star Mikko Rantanen has NHL scoring lead, big bucks coming and his own song – Colorado Springs Gazette

DENVER • He’s heard the song, if anyone wondered. Is it really a song, or more of a jingle?

Anyway, Mikko Rantanen’s heard the li’l ditty. Looked it up on YouTube when a buddy told him a Swedish rock ‘n roller named Hampus Liedman had written a song about none other than Mikko himself.

“It’s good,” Rantanen said with a laugh. “It’s probably 30 seconds or so. I think it’s pretty funny, but I don’t want to hear it too much.”

“There’s a 100-percent chance I will not do that,” he said.

Fine. But stardom’s calling for the reluctant “Rants.” That, and enough dough to hire Hampus Liedman for a private gig. The Oilers came to Pepsi Center Tuesday, and the obvious attraction was the potential for another Nathan MacKinnon vs. Connor McDavid highlight fest.

Both are worth the price of admission, but neither leads the NHL in scoring. That’s Rantanen with 52. (MacKinnon’s second.) Through 30 games, the only Avs player with more points was Peter Forsberg. And the only current player who could match Rantanen’s 12-game scoring streak is Alex Ovechkin. Decent crew to hang with, right? When’s it time to mention Rantanen among the NHL’s top players?

“Now,” MacKinnon said.

“When you’re leading the league in points 30 games in, I think you should be mentioned,” said MacKinnon, the NHL MVP runner-up last season. “Obviously we have a good line, but it’s not just chemistry. Mikko is one of the best in the league right now. Just watch him play. If he was in New York he’d probably in that conversation a lot more.”

That’s the East Coast’s problem. They’re missing out. Colorado’s flush

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Don't vote for Elias Pettersson on the NHL All-Star Game fan ballot – Vancouver Courier

Brock Boeser was the breakout star of last year’s NHL All-Star Game. He dominated the accuracy shooting event during the Skills Competition, then followed that up with an MVP performance during the 3-on-3 tournament the next day, winning a new car and earning contract bonuses and prizes totalling $550,000.

It would be understandable, then, for Canucks fans to be eager to see Elias Pettersson get the same opportunity this year. You might be tempted to vote for Pettersson in the fan voting that has already opened up on the NHL website. Don’t do it.

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Don’t vote for Elias Pettersson.

That might sound crazy. You might ask me, “Don’t you like Pettersson? Don’t you want to see him at the All-Star Game?”

Of course I do.

But Pettersson will be going to the All-Star Game whether fans vote him in or not. There’s no way the league will keep the NHL’s leading rookie scorer, with his jaw-dropping puck skills and blistering slap shot, out of the All-Star Game. He’s going.

Canucks fans should, instead, vote for a Canucks player that might not otherwise get to go.

There are two other Canucks on the ballot: Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat. While you can write in a different player, I would recommend sticking with Boeser and Horvat, as a write-in campaign has little chance of succeeding. So, which of the two should you vote for?

They’re both great candidates, scoring at a pretty similar pace this season. I would suggest, however, that your vote should go to Bo Horvat, for several reasons.

First, although Pettersson has been the star of the Canucks, Horvat has put the team on his shoulders for much of the season. He took on

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Fantasy NHL – Top 250 player rest-of-season rankings – Week 11 – ESPN

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Col C1 1 2. Auston Matthews, C, Tor C2 2 3. Connor McDavid, C, Edm C3 3 4. Brad Marchand, LW, Bos LW1 4 5. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB RW1 5 6. Mark Scheifele, C, Wpg C4 6 7. John Tavares, C, Tor C5 7 8. Mikko Rantanen, RW, Col RW2 8 9. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pit C6 9 10. Alex Ovechkin, RW, Was RW3 11 11. Blake Wheeler, RW, Wpg RW4 13 12. David Pastrnak, LW, Bos LW2 12 13. Tyler Seguin, C, Dal C7 10 14. Brent Burns, D, SJ D1 15 15. Patrik Laine, RW, Wpg RW5 16 16. Jack Eichel, C, Buf C8 17 17. Patrick Kane, RW, Chi RW6 14 18. Sidney Crosby, C, Pit C9 18 19. Jamie Benn, LW, Dal LW3 19 20. Taylor Hall, LW, NJ LW4 20 21. Pekka Rinne, G, Nsh G1 21 22. Mitch Marner, C, Tor C10 22 23. Brayden Point, RW, TB RW7 23 24. Claude Giroux, C, Phi C11 24 25. John Carlson, D, Was D2 25 26. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Was C12 26 27. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Cgy LW5 27 28. Steven Stamkos, C, TB C13 31 29. Morgan Rielly, D, Tor D3 28 30. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Was C14 29 31. Frederik Andersen, G, Tor G2 30 32. Phil Kessel, RW, Pit RW8 32 33. Connor Hellebuyck, G, Wpg G3 33 34. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Col LW6 34 35. Patrice Bergeron, C, Bos C15 35 36. Victor Hedman, D, TB D4 36 37. Jeff Skinner, LW, Buf LW7 37 38. Artemi Panarin, LW, Cls LW8 38 39. Leon Draisaitl, C, Edm C16 39 40. John Gibson, G, Ana G4 40 41. Jakub Voracek, RW, Phi RW9 41 42. Mark Giordano, D, Cgy D5 43 43. Sebastian Aho, RW, Car RW10

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