The Ty Rattie signing in free agency came far earlier than expected but is a good small bet. The Oilers have a plethora of young wingers vying for playing time and Rattie has a chance to work his way to the NHL in Edmonton. His one big advantage? He’s a shooter.
- Ty Rattie NHL Career: 35gp, 4-6-10
- Ty Rattie AHL per 82gp 2013-16: 29-29-58
Some say there are players who can hit in the majors but not the minors, I’ve never bought that idea. For me, Rattie’s NHLE (82gp, 14-13-27) puts him in the range for NHL employment. His best chance (after his drafting team) is probably in the years after expansion, so 2017-18 is a major campaign for him. If Rattie can score in Bakersfield (or Edmonton) a more regular NHL role may open up for him somewhere. His agent did a fine job getting him here, this is a fairly open race on RW.
RE 17-18: 6GP, 1-1-2 (.333)
- How many training camp hopefuls were there last year? Eight. Dillon Simpson (I predicted four games, he played three), Anton Slepyshev (I predicted one game, he played 41), Joey Laleggia (four games predicted, he played none), Jere Sallinen (two, none), Taylor Beck (10, 5), Tyler Pitlick (10, 31), David Musil(10, 0) and Drake Caggiula (25, 60).
- What role will Rattie apply for? Scoring winger. His competition includes Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Strome, Jesse Puljujarvi, Anton Slepyshev, Zack Kassian and Iiro Pakarinen.
- Sounds like there is very little chance for him. Rattie can score goals and the Oilers need inexpensive wingers. His chances are no worse than Tyler Pitlick’s this time one year ago. If he does well in training camp, he could force his way onto the roster.
- What makes him attractive for this roster? He is a righthanded shooter. He shoots a lot, 617 shots on goal in 215 AHL games (2.87 shots per game). That’s a really nice fit for team need in Edmonton and Bakersfield.
- What will his role be in Bakersfield? Scoring winger, Rattie could score 25 next season if he plays the full schedule. He may have some competition from Mitch Callahan and Brian Ferlin, plus Jesse Puljujarvi and Anton Slepyshev have a slight chance of being demoted. Rattie on a skill line in Bakersfield is the most likely outcome.
- What one thing will get him to the NHL? His shooting prowess. Rattie will need some luck and maybe an injury, but there is a version of training camp that sees him on the opening night roster.
- What will keep him from getting an NHL look? If either or both Puljujarvi and Slepsyhev perform to their abilities, Rattie starts the season in the AHL.
- When will we know he has a chance? If the TC stories have youngsters with pedigree faltering and Rattie is filling the net with an NHL center on his line, we have a story.
- How many players can he reasonably be expected to pass in one winter? I think he might be able to pass all of the AHL wingers and Iiro Pakarinen, making him the first recall. Rattie has a shot here in my opinion.