The St. Louis Blues are a team in need of scoring, and prospect Ty Rattie may just be that missing piece.
The 2011 NHL Entry draft looked bleak for the Blues having no first round picks, but the draft class was a deep one that season. Early in the second round, with the 32nd overall selection that year, the Blues choose Ty Rattie of the Portland Winterhawks.
Rattie was born on February 5, 1993 and was raised in Airdie, Alberta, Canada. Rattie’s career gained attention in 2007-08 when Rattie was a star for the Airdie Xtreme Bantam AAA team. In just 33 games, Rattie put up 75 goals and 56 assists (131 points) and spent 101 minutes in the penalty box. That is almost 4 points-per-game and just over 3 minutes-per-game spent in the sin bin. That season the Airdie Xtreme made the playoffs and in 10 games Rattie netted 12 goals and added 11 assists.
Now, with his junior career over, Ty Rattie will report to training camp in just a few weeks.
While Rattie’s size has always been a concern, many believe he might be able to crack the NHL roster to start the season or later in the year.
There is a lot of talk about his ability to score goals, but he is also a great set-up man. He manages to move the puck up the center of the ice and follow it into the zone to create opportunities.
Fitting into a more defensive style of play under coach Ken Hitchcock may prove to be the most challenging task for the skilled young forward.
Personally, I believe that the Blues should let Rattie develop in the AHL for at least one season before bringing him up to the NHL.
What do you think Blues fans? Is Rattie ready for NHL duty or do you want to see him spend some time in the AHL? Let us know in the comments below.
LET’S GO BLUES!