Date of birth: Feb. 5, 1993
Place of birth: Airdrie, Alta.
Ht: 5.11 Wt: 170
Position: Left Wing
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2011
Ty Rattie is known to be a small but skilled offensive player with excellent hockey sense and puck skills.
In terms of draft eligible players in the WHL, only Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sven Bartschi outscored him this season.
His downside is said to be his skating, which definitely lacks but it’s something that can be taught, whereas his obvious skill and hockey mind is something he’s carried with him throughout his whole career.
His struggles with skating haven’t had much effect on his performance because of his high talent level, so he’s the type of player you draft to develop.
Playing on his off-wing, Rattie has perfected using that to his advantage by finding openings and shooting lanes while using his wicked, accurate shot too fool goaltenders easily.
Rattie reminds many of Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis in terms of hockey sense and puck handling skills.
Top Prospects Game:
Rattie served as an assistant captain on Team Cherry and assisted the team’s only goal (scored by Shane Prince). He showed his ability to position himself in the right areas of the ice along with his excellent vision by making some key passes and remaining active throughout the game.
” Ty Rattie is an interesting player because his size and defensive skills have been knocked, but there’s no getting around the fact he can really assault the score sheet. He is likely a late first-rounder or early second-rounder.”
– The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy told Jeff Blay.
“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.”
– HockeyProspect.com’s Mark Edwards
Rattie played for Team Pacific at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 2 goals and adding 7 assists for 9 points in 5 games.
ETA = 3 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 3/5 Reward = 4/5
NHL Potential: Second to third line winger, secondary scorer, offensive-minded forward.
*See “One Timer” section above.
• Outstanding hands, puck skills
• Spectacular creativity
• Deft playmaker
• Ability to work in tight spaces
• Incredible finishing ability
• Coachability and willingness to work on complete game
Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
• Continue to train to increase strength and add mass to frame to handle the rigors of the NHL.
• Continue to develop his neutral and defensive zone acumen.
• Improve skating beginning with first stride.
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8/10 Defensive = 5/10
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Tyler Ennis, Devin Setoguchi
Off The Iron (Interesting Notes):
• Rattie was the No. 2 pick behind Red Deer’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the 2008 WHL Bantam draft
• It’s said that Rattie not only shoots to score, but he tries to put the puck through the net.
Prospect Profile completed by Jeff Blay. @JeffBlay on Twitter
THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph
Journalism grad from St. Catharines, ON, Canada. Newfoundland heritage. Passionate about hockey whether it’s junior or pro. News junkie and literature fanatic. Sun Media Reporter, The Hockey News intern, former Media Relations with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Niagara IceDogs, contribute to an OHL radio show called In the O Radio (www.intheoradio.com), and write prospect features for Andy Strickland’s TrueHockey.com. Follow @JeffBlay on Twitter.