21-Year-Old Right Wing – St. Louis Blues
Ty Rattie Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with St. Louis in June 2012.
Rattie has five goals in his first 10 games this season with AHL Chicago.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Rattie is a top prospect in the Blues' organization and he has backed that up by piling up 231 points in his last two WHL seasons. He is lacking size at 5-11 and 170 and will need to bulk up before attempting to make the transition to the NHL. There have been countless small players that have gone on to have huge NHL careers and Rattie has the skills to do the same. It just won't happen this season.
Rattie, 19, lit up the Western Hockey League with 57 goals and 121 points in 69 games for the Portland Winterhawks. The output represented big jumps from his season before (28 goals, 79 points in 67 games). There’s nothing wrong with Rattie’s offense; he needs to add bulk and improve in his own zone. He checked into the Blues’ prospects orientation at 173 pounds, up 10 from last summer. He’ll get another year in the WHL, but will likely need a year or two in the AHL before he’s ready for the NHL game.
Rattie, selected early in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft by the Blues, is a highly skilled offensive player who dropped out of the first round due to concerns about his size. He was very productive for Portland of the WHL last season, but at 165 pounds, there were concerns about his ability to sustain the rigors of NHL-sized defensemen. He's still just 18 and there's time to add the bulk -- he's reportedly up to 175 this offeseason -- and that will be his challenge in the coming years.