Ty Rattie has been an Oiler for about two months. Let’s see where everyone put him at.
A former second round pick with the St. Louis Blues back in 2011, Rattie was picked at 32nd overall. He’s yet to click at the NHL level, though he’s had cups of coffee in the NHL over the past four years. He’s shown that he can score at the AHL level (48 points with the Chicago Wolves in 2012-13, 42 in 2013-14, and 46 in 2014-15), but that’s yet to translate to the NHL.
Rattie had spent five years in the Blues organization before being waived, and subsequently claimed by Carolina in early January. Rattie scored an assist in his second game with the Hurricanes, and strangely enough found himself on the first line with Jeff Skinner shortly after. It was a short-lived affair, as Rattie would be scratched for a significant amount of the contests that followed. Rattie was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes, and found himself back in St. Louis by the end of February.
He finished last season with an 0-2-2 statline in 9 games combined with St. Louis and Carolina. His AHL numbers took a dip (2-3-5 in 22 games) primarily because he spent good chunks of the season as the 13th forward on the Blues. When he did get into the game, it was often to shuffle deck chairs on the fourth line.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Rattie stands in at 6’ and 195 lbs, though physicality isn’t one of his overly dominant traits. In just nine games at the NHL level this past season, he had just ten shots on goal. He’ll almost certainly be starting the season in the AHL with Bakersfield where the hope is that he will regain his scoring touch that we saw while he played for Chicago (AHL).
WHAT DOES HE DO THAT IS GOOD?
Ty Rattie’s got hands. I like that about him.
That’s a pretty nice goal. From 2014-15, you’ll note that it was Rattie’s 15th with the Chicago Wolves, and there’s good hockey sense there. I’ll take a no-look goal any day of the week.
IS THERE ANY CHANCE THAT RATTIE TURNS INTO A SCORER AT THE NHL LEVEL?
It’s fair to conclude that at age 24 you are getting Prime Time Ty Rattie right now. Rattie could prove to be a nice depth signing and find his 40-something point groove with the Bakersfield Condors this season, and that would be great. I think it’s a pretty big stretch to suggest that 24-year old with ten career NHL points (4-6-10) will turn his game into something we haven’t already seen. If we see Rattie on the NHL roster this year, I’m going to assume it’s because all of Kassian, Slepyshev, Pakarinen and Jujhar Khaira are all injured. I’m not overly worked up into a lather if he’s on the NHL roster for a game or two, but I wouldn’t expect much more than nine or ten minutes a night if he’s here.
Rattie’s on a one year two-way deal at 700/225K. Injuries could pave a way for him to see some NHL action in 2017-18 though he’ll likely be a fixture among the Bakersfield lineup.