That’s not a photo of Ty Rattie. Those are St. Louis Blues ice girls (obviously). There aren’t any photos of Rattie yet because he’s yet to play in his first NHL game. That will change tonight when the Blues take on the Dallas Stars in what could be an interesting game between two desperate teams.
Rattie was recalled as a rash of injuries has chewed through St. Louis’ lineup and he’ll make his debut tonight.
For those of you wanting Ty Rattie with the Blues, you got your wish. He has been called up by the team. #StlBlues
— Andrew Allsman (@allsmandrew) April 11, 2014
The 21-year-old forward has been stellar in the AHL this season. Skating in 69 games with the Chicago Wolves, Rattie has scored 29 goals and added 17 assists. Those are outstanding totals for a kid that is making his professional debut this season.
He was St. Louis’ 32nd-overall draft pick in 2011 and has been one of the organization’s most highly touted prospects over the last few years. Rattie has an opportunity in front of him to show Ken Hitchcock and the Blues brass what he can do at this level. If the injury to T.J. Oshie is serious, then the team will probably be looking to add another talented forward to this top-six group.
Rattie certainly fits the bill, and he’s been among the AHL’s top scorers this season. It might be asking too much of him to step in and play during the postseason, but tonight’s contest against the Stars should be a good test. Dallas has the chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win and will likely come out flying.