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Photo Credit: Bakersfield Condors

Ty Rattie is next up on the McDavid line

The Oilers are travelling to Florida for back-to-back games against the Panthers and Lightning this weekend. According to Jack Michaels, Pontus Aberg won’t be in the lineup on Saturday, so it’ll be the freshly-recalled Ty Rattie sliding in on the top line.

Rattie, the former second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues who once set the all-time scoring record for Bantam AAA hockey in Alberta, has had a strong season with the Bakersfield Condors in the AHL. He’s scored 21 goals and 22 assists, which is tops on the team in both categories.

In his 36-game NHL career, Rattie has scored four goals and six assists. If he’s ever going to find himself as a scorer at the NHL level like he’s been at every other level in his career, this is his best opportunity. Connor McDavid is, well, Connor McDavid and there isn’t anybody else in the league better to play with.

That said, it’s a little puzzling that Todd McLellan is so adverse to giving Jesse Puljujarvi a shot with McDavid to close out the season. It’s strange to see guys like Pontus Aberg and Rattie who don’t really have an important role with the franchise moving forward get reps with the captain while Puljujarvi, probably the team’s only very good raw forward prospect, slugs around for 12 minutes a night on the third line.

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  • morsecode89

    Might as well right…

    Another AHL tweener playing along the best offensive player in the world.

    I don’t hate Rattie. He seems like a nice kid who’s had some poor injury luck and never gained the traction (or confidence) to make the NHL, along with maybe lacking the skating ability. I think Rattie being an option seems to speak to this organizations absolutely abysmal winger depth.

    But that’s what happens when you trade, buyout, or just let walk names like Hall, Eberle, Pouliot, Maroon and Yakapov over the course of a 3 year span.

  • The Immortal

    omfg…what do you tell jesse or slepy when they see this on the board?

    as if playing 13 all season ahead of them wasn’t stupid enough…

    please todd, just resign..

  • hootoil

    The Oilers must be inventing a new way to bring new forwards into the lineup. Start them all on the First Line. To the Oilers — It is easier to work your way down than up.

  • Oilman99

    Rattie is a ufa this summer,so it only makes sense to see if he can perform if given the chance. JP and Slep have not shown any scoring ability,so nobody to blame but themselves. Rattie has never really had a chance prove himself at the NHL level.

  • CheechemOrBust

    No disrespect to Ty , but this headline makes me sad. Instead of building around 3 centres or 4 top d men or whatever , our focus should be building around whatever 97 needs to destroy 5v5 and the power play. Our management is miss using a gift god(or whoever u choose to believe or not believe in), Sure you can’t win with just one player but McDavid (with proper line mates) is about the only person who may prove that premise wrong …..#flamesblow #firechiapet #lowemustgo

  • D'oh-ilers

    No harm in trying Rattie on McDavid’s wing at this point in the season. As far as JP goes, he has 3 points in his past 21 games. Strome, Khaira, Kassian, Caggiula & Slepyshev have all outscored him playing with the same linemates, with the same amount of ice time, in the same role 5-on-5 over the same stretch of time. How do you promote JP to the top line ahead of any of those guys, let alone the hungry prospect who wants to prove himself and has put up 13 points in his last 10 AHL games?

  • Kneedroptalbot

    Peter Chiarelli has black ballled Ty Rattie. He should have been called up sooner. He can score and he’s a better skater than 1/2 the wingers currently on the roster.