St. Louis Prospect Ty Rattie Thriving in WHL Playoffs
Ty Rattie had an enormous 2011-12 season in the WHL with 57 goals and 64 assists (121 points) in 69 games. When the regular season concluded and the WHL playoffs kicked off, Rattie showed no signs of slowing and has been arguably the most productive and most threatening forward at the WHL level. What lies ahead for the 2011 first round pick?
First remind yourself to take all these numbers with a giant grain of salt. The WHL is not exactly a prestigious league or one we should draw any major conclusions from.
That being said, Rattie’s incredible 2011-12 season has carried over into the playoffs where he has scored 16 times and added 11 assists (27 points) in just 13 games. As of the date of this article Rattie not only leads his team in scoring but leads the entire WHL in playoff production.
Rattie’s team, the Portland Winterhawks, is poised to reach the finals with a chance to compete for the biggest prize in WHL competition – the Ed Chynoweth Cup. The Winterhawks have been propelled by Rattie’s huge offensive display in the playoffs but may be forced to compete without him due to a neck injury Rattie suffered. He’s listed as day-to-day.
As Blues fans, what should we take away from Rattie’s success in the WHL regular season and playoffs?
Simple put, Rattie is on the right track. As I mentioned above it’s important not to look at the numbers and let your eyes grow large. In the past other prospects have tore through the WHL only to come crashing back to Earth once they entered the AHL. These players that posted gaudy numbers in the WHL may not even make an appearance in the NHL. Such might be the case with Rattie – Fingers crossed it doesn’t.
It’s best to not even try and forecast what Rattie might do at the AHL or NHL level based on what he has done in the WHL. The leagues just aren’t comparable. However, Rattie is on the correct path. A first round pick should be able to tear up some relatively soft defenses down at the WHL level. It’s great to see his huge numbers but we all know the true test is when Rattie takes on competition at a higher level. These tests could come in the near future based on the fact Rattie has accomplished all that he needed to in the WHL.
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