Avalanche’s Rantanen practises for first time since suffering injury

Mikko Rantanen would head to the locker room after appearing to twist his ankle on the ice.

Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen returned to practice wearing a no-contact jersey for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury last month.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury on Oct. 21 against the St. Louis Blues when his left skate got caught in the ice while turning his left foot sideways as he was exiting the defensive zone.

“I think Mikko’s making a little bit of progress here,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar told reporters after practice. “This is the first day he’s been out with the group and jumping into some drills, so that’s a positive sign.”

In nine games this season, Rantanen has five goals and 12 points after signing a six-year deal this past off-season.

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