At 23, Ty Rattie has time to work things out, but so far, he hasn’t been able to convert big junior numbers to success with the St. Louis Blues.
Monday represented the latest bump in his developmental road, as the Blues sent him to the AHL for a conditioning stint. It’s sensible enough with Rattie only appearing in one game so far in 2016-17, yet it’s still not the greatest sign for the 32nd pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.
He’s been quiet in his 27 NHL games and respectable during his AHL appearances, but it’s his work in the WHL that still makes some hopeful for an eventual breakthrough. He scored 121 points in 2011-12 and 110 in 2012-13 with the Portland Winterhawks.
Many hockey fans find it tougher to enjoy a fight these days once you consider the post-career struggles of enforcers.
It’s a little harder not to grin at a video of a goalie losing though, isn’t it? Something about seeing all that rage mixed with the clumsiness of fighting with all that bulky equipment just makes for entertainment. It’s not short of those weird fake sumo fights.
Saturday presented two eyebrow-raising bits of netminder anger, though these instances mainly involved a goalie going after a skater. Most obviously, Ryan Miller and Frederik Andersen were involved in this fracas, especially Miller:
More on that ugly loss for the Canucks and how they hope to turn it around, maybe in part due to all of that violence.
Plenty of Pittsburgh Penguins deserve credit as the team is really heating up, but the hottest streak belongs to the most obvious catalyst: Sidney Crosby.
As of this writing, the Penguins lead the San Jose Sharks 5-0 in what was a lopsided rematch of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Crosby – the guy who you may remember as the 2016 Conn Smythe winner – now has eight goals in six games after firing in two on Saturday. He now has three multi-goal games in his last four contests (six goals, one assist).
Here’s his first of the night:
And his second, a one-handed sensation:
So, yeah, he might still be the best player in the world, and the Penguins are impressive with him back in the mix.
Tortorella said very Tortorella things after Blue Jackets loss
They took three of a possible four points from a back-to-back set against two likely playoff teams. The Blue Jackets are also an impressive 5-1-2 in their last eight games, largely erasing the bad taste from a tough start to 2016-17.
Still, this is Torts, so he’s going to get upset about things, often to the hockey world’s collective entertainment.