Ty Rattie seems to have found himself a home on Connor McDavid’s right wing, at least in the short-term. He, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid combined for nine points in last night’s 6-2 victory over the woeful Senators. Over the past week, Rattie has been a hot topic of conversation amongst Oilers fans and has many asking, just who is Ty Rattie?
Draft & Major Junior Career
Heading into the 2011 NHL Draft, Ty Rattie was coming off a 79-point campaign with the Portland Winterhawks. With 28 goals as an 18-year-old, scouts knew there was an offensive weapon in the 6’0” winger.
“Ty Rattie is a player to watch out for going into the 2011 NHL entry draft. He has proven himself as an elite player in the Western hockey league. Rattie’s puck handling ability and speed make him a very dangerous player in the open ice. He also has a very hard and quick wrist shot that he can get off with a blink of an eye.” – Mark Edwards, HockeyProspects.com.
He was a projected late first or early second-round pick. Rattie was taken by the St. Louis Blues (32nd overall), one spot after the Oilers selected David Musil with the 31st overall pick.
Rattie played two more seasons in Portland after being drafted, notching 231 points (105 goals, 126 assists) in 131 WHL games. He led the Winterhawks to a WHL Championship in 2013, where they were runners up to Nathan MacKinnon’s Halifax Mooseheads in the Memorial Cup Championship. The Calgary, Alberta product was also named to Canada’s World Junior team in 2013, scoring three goals in six appearances en route to a silver medal finish.
After aging out in the Western Hockey League, Rattie become a solid scorer in the American Hockey League instantly. In his first season of professional hockey, Ty scored the most goals for a rookie in the American League. He notched 31 goals and 48 points in his AHL rookie season, earning him a cup of coffee in the NHL in the same season (2 games). Unfortunately for Rattie, his scoring ability in the AHL didn’t translate to the NHL level over the next couple of years.
The American Hockey League is a tough league to score in, so amassing 184 points in 268 AHL games is solid. He was named to the 2015 AHL All-Star game for his efforts and was showing shades of Alexandre Giroux; great as an AHL player while struggling as an NHLer.
Over the last four years, Rattie played 34 games in the world’s best league, only putting up 4 goals and 6 assists in that span. Due to the lack of production, the Hurricanes moved on from the then 24-year-old, leaving Rattie as an unrestricted free agent heading into the summer of 2018.
Peter Chiarelli made several signings on day one of the 2018 Free Agency period, including Ty Rattie, who signed a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000 cap hit) with the Oilers. Rattie knew this was an opportunity to prove himself to a new organization.
“I have to go out and prove that they’re making the right decision, prove that I can be an everyday NHL player” – Ty Rattie.
While he found himself in familiar territory (the American Hockey League) to begin the season, Rattie’s scoring touch was rekindled in Bakersfield. The 195-pound winger had 43 points in 53 games before his most recent call up on March 16; Rattie played two games earlier this season.
In four games, Rattie has played a majority of his time on the Oilers’ top line. Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ty Rattie have looked unstoppable at times, hemming opposing teams in their own zone for extended periods of time. While McDavid uses his speed and mind, Rattie has complimented the world’s best player by taking onus in the gritty areas. Number 8 drives hard to the net and wins puck battles in the corner, helping 97 and 93 do their job offensively.
Over the last four games, the 25-year-old has three goals and two assists while being given a unique opportunity in Edmonton. In St. Louis and Carolina, Rattie struggled to break the top-9 when inserted into an NHL lineup. Now, playing alongside the most dynamic offensive player in the National Hockey League may be the start to Rattie’s coming out party.
By the way, McDavid has eight points over the last four games while playing alongside Rattie, including a four-point night last night. For the foreseeable future, it appears Rattie will hold onto the spot many have been unable to before him. It will be interesting to see how Todd McLellan deploys Rattie over the last eight games of the season and if, in fact, he will continue to play alongside McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins down the stretch.