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2011 draft prospects- Ty Rattie, LW, 5’11, 170, Portland



Ty Rattie, LW, 5’11, 170, Portland

Drafted 2nd overall in the WHL Bantam Draft

52 games, 22 goals, 43 assists 65 points, +18 +/-, 41 pim

By Ian Esplen

When you watch the Winterhawks play, Ty Rattie may not stand out at first. He's not that big (5'11, 170). He's not that fast either. However, he will likely be in the right place at the right time most of the night. Some scouts will tell you that Rattie may be a step to slow, but his coach thinks not. "I remember when the Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) came into the (NHL) and they weren’t the greatest skaters, but their vision allowed them to make plays that others couldn’t. I think Ty’s a little bit like that. He has the capabilities of making plays that other people don’t,” said former Canucks associate coach Mike Johnston (Mitchell).

Rattie grew up just north of Calgary, in Airdrie Alberta. He came up, in the

Airdrie minor hockey program as one of the best scorers the province has ever seen. In his last year of Bantam hockey, he would break the provincial Bantam scoring record, by scoring 75 goals and 132 points. A very impressive accomplishment, considering the talent Alberta has produced over the years. After dominating Bantam, he would play one season of midget hockey, scoring 54 points (29 goals) in 34 games for the UFA Bisons AAA midget club.

The following season, Rattie would suit up full time for the Portland Winterhawks, the team that selected him 2nd overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft. Rattie started out a bit slow because of a hand injury in the preseason, but by the end of the year he was one of the Winterhawks top forwards. He finished the season with 37 points, in 61 games, while he learned how to be better in his own zone, and play better without the puck. His plus ten ranking was very good for a rookie on a young team. This season Rattie is playing even better, and is arguably the top forward a Winterhawks team that includes two top 5 pick. His play in his own end seems to get better by the game, and he no longer shies away from the physical side of the game. Rattie is even tops on his team in scoring, with 65 points in 52 games.

Rattie has also suited up for Canada internationally. He stared for team Pacific at the u-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 9 points, in 5 games. Rattie was in on an amazing 45% of his team’s goals for the tournament, as well as, playing solid in all three zones. This past August he was invited to try out for Canada’s u-18 team, but he was one of the last cuts, despite having a decent camp.

TSR had this to say about Rattie, a player who they have at number 20 for their mid-season rankings, “since his huge October, he has seen his point per game total dip after posting 23 points in 12 October games. There is no question that Rattie has the potential to be a top 6 forward in the NHL one day. Rattie is an above average skater who sees the play extremely well and is very skilled at creating quality chances in the offensive zone. He also has the scoring touch to finish off those opportunities (TSR).

While scouts differ in their opinions of Rattie’s skating, most of them will agree, that he has a lot of skill. He’s also a very smart player, who finds himself in the right spot to score, and will usually convert it. His assets are his great work ethic, hockey smarts, high-end skill, good shot, and his willingness to battle. His flaws are his skating is good but not great, he still forgets about the defensive zone from time to time, and he may not be able to play as physical as he does in junior at the NHL level. Overall Rattie should be able to play in the NHL for a long time, and have a few 30 goal/65 point’s seasons along the way.

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