Looking to make the leap: Ty Rattie

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This is part of St. Louis Blues day at PHT…

Since being selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2011 draft, forward Ty Rattie really hasn’t had much of an opportunity to crack the NHL lineup on a regular basis, appearing in only 26 games over the past three seasons.

On the rare occasion that he has been with the big club he has been given limited ice-time, playing more than 10 minutes in only 10 of those games. A lot of that is due to the fact the Blues roster has been really deep in recent years, but it is still tough to make an impact and find out about a young player under those circumstances.

He seemed to make the most of his limited time in the NHL last year with his most productive showing to date when he recorded six points (four goals and two assists) in 13 games, including a four-game stretch in January where he scored three of his goals.

This season finally seems like it might be his time to get a real, serious look in the NHL.

With the Blues losing several veteran forwards to free agency over the summer, including David Backes, Steve Ott and Troy Brouwer, it would seem that the roster spots are there for the taking when it comes to some the Blues’ younger prospects. Out of that group Rattie seems to be the only one on the verge of making the jump to the NHL.

He signed a one-year, one-way contract with the team over the summer while he has clearly demonstrated that his development has probably gone as far as it is going to go in the American Hockey League where he has spent most of the past three seasons playing for the Chicago Wolves.

During that time he has been been a pretty steady point producer (he averages about 55 points per 76 games played), while his point-per-game production has improved every season he has been in the league, going from .66 in his first year (48 points in 72 games), all the way up to .74 (46 in 62 games) this past season.

The Blues have done a nice job mixing in some younger talent in recent years with Jaden Schwartz, Dmitri Jaskin and Colton Parayko all making the jump and becoming productive players. Now it is time to find out if Rattie can join them.

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