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Oilers give Ty Rattie one-year deal

It looks like the Oilers believe in Ty Rattie. After a solid late-season showing playing alongside Connor McDavid on the team’s top line, Rattie has been given a one-year extension. Per Elliotte Friedman, it’ll be worth $800k. 

Rattie was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft. He has a pedigree of producing offence at a high level, as he once owned the Alberta Bantam AAA single-season point record. He produced at an elite clip in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks and at a solid clip in the AHL, but was never able to make the jump up to the highest level.

He was given a one-year, two-way deal to be a depth player in the Oilers organization last summer. After spending most of the season in Bakersfield, Rattie was recalled after the trade deadline. He got a shot playing with Connor McDavid and didn’t look back, putting up five goals and four assists in 14 games total.

Obviously anybody can produce with McDavid, so we don’t need to look too far into these numbers. Still, the Oilers, given their cap picture, need cheap, plug-and-play type players who can shoot, go to the net, and score goals, and Rattie does all of those things. As fun as it is watching Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins dominate opponents with McDavid, the Oilers need to spread the talent around their lineup. McDavid is good enough to produce playing with Rattie, it worked in the final few weeks of the season, so it’s worth another look.

RATTIE’S CAREER SO FAR

Season GP G A P +/- PIM PPG PPP SHG SHP GWG OTG S S%
2017-2018 14 5 4 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 32 15.6
NHL Career 49 9 10 19 -2 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 70 12.9

Source: Elliotte Friedman, Verified Twitter Account, 4/14/2018 – 5:58 pm MST

  • bwar

    Good signing. Not everyone can produce with McDavid so finding a few players who can keep up with him is a priority for the Oiler’s. Nuge and Rattie seemed to fit the bill at the end of the season.

    Next project, getting a solid line for Draisaitl to play on.

    • Bp123

      We don’t necessarily know that Rattie can either. 9 points in 14 games on his wing is decent, but 14 games is still a small sample. Especially when you consider the absolute tear McDavid was on during that stretch.

      Going into next season expecting him to keep up the same pace over 82 games would be the same mistake they made last season expecting the inexperienced wingers to keep up their playoff scoring paces.

      • bwar

        I’d like a few more player that can hang with McDavid would be great. Kinda hoping things work out with Aberg as well. Not sure what happened there but hope he gets a clean slate heading into next season.

      • crabman

        @Bp123, I agree we don’t know if his scoring is sustainable but it is a good bet at $800K. Rattie was a dominant scorer in junior and had over 20 goals is 4 of 5 full ish seasons in the AHL. So he has offensive ability and seemed to build chemistry with Nuge and McDavid. I would go back to that combo to start the preseason and see if they can build off what they started.
        I’d argue Rattie doesn’t need to sustain his 52 point pace to be effective on that line. McDavid and Nuge will be the ones driving the line. Rattie, and his 800K, would be a complimentary player and anything in the 20 goal, 40 point ballpark would be acceptable production.Especially considering all his points this season have been 5×5. If he can hold down 1rw that frees up any wing addition to the top6 fo play with Draisaitl to try and form two strong scoring lines.
        With McDavid, Draisaitl, Nuge and Lucic making $33M the team needs to make these kinds of bets because there will not be enough money to add 2 good top6 wingers and try to add a defenceman. The Oilers may have just signed their biggest value contract for next year.

    • LAKID

      Does this give Chia the foward depth he so desperately doesn’t covet and allow the chance to trade RNH for that 4th round pick he threw away on Montoya? How about trying to get some one to through in a second round pick it cost to aquire Chia from Boston.

  • OILERSORDEATH

    Love the signing! I watched Rattie here in Portland all 4 or 5 years he was here wow what a player he was. Please hockey gods give us this one wish and let Rattie be our winger we need to CM!

  • CMG30

    Chirelli has boxed himself in with money. He can’t afford to plug all the holes he’s got so must cheap out from here on in. Rattie was OK in a small sample size but history has spent a decade teaching us harsh lessons about relying on unproven players in key positions.

  • Battman

    This is a smart decision. These are the types of deals that need to be made this offseason rather than blockbuster or even big trades. I know chia basically did nothing last off-season but I’d be more willing to lean towards doing nothing this offseason as well. Making minor deals like this one is what will help ensure success next year.

    I honesty don’t believe the oilers were as bad this year as the stats say. Yes, goaltending and defense needed improvement. Special teams and finding at least one top six winger is where I’d focus my energy. Even two wingers, pushing other players down the depth chart would not be a bad thing

  • ed from edmonton

    A chance to play RW with Mcd. I don’t think Rattie had to think too long before he signed. A year ago he came off a disaster of a season n the AHL. Now he has a chance.

    • crabman

      This exactly. I was hoping for a 2-3 year deal at $1M or less. A Pitlick deal like in Dallas or a Gourde deal in Tampa. Easy enough to bury in the AHL if it didn’t work out but a value contract for more than 1 year if it does workout.
      It could be Rattie that didn’t want to sign longer than 1 year betting on himself. If he gets the chance to play with McDavid all year he will more than likely be able to command a bigger contract next year.

      • Arfguy

        100% agree. At this point, you want as much value for as long a term as you can. Maybe you’re right, in that he didn’t want to sign for too long, but if I was Chiarelli I’d push hard for a 3 year contract with a sub $1 million AAV.

        Ah well, maybe it’s easier said than done.

    • OilersBro

      That was a failed experiment from the start. I’ve said it from day one, Lucic should be playing with either Draisaitl or Khaira as centres. Let those big dudes work the cycle. McDavid should play with fast skilled players like Rattie and Nuge. Why force opposing skills together on lines when you don’t have to? That’s why the Eberle – Nuge- Lucic line wasn’t as good as people thought.

  • RexHolez

    Not trying to be negative, but I use to be an Oiler fan, so I’m naturally negative. Of course they gave Rattie a contract. 12 bloody years into this rebuild and they have no one better to give a contract too. I loved Rattie the day they signed him, thought he was a good bet, I’m just kinda sour it took so long into the season to give him a look.

    I really don’t care anymore. I’ll start paying attention to this team if they ever make the playoffs again. There’s too many well run organizations in this league I can follow to give a deuce about what fan boy Katz and his collection of 80’s players does anymore. In my mind they already blew any potential they had. Now they’re just going to be chasing it for years to come.

  • JayTee

    “Obviously anybody can produce with McDavid…” No. Not EVERYONE can produce with McDavid. I give you exhibit A: Milan Lucic. I give you exhibit B: Drake Cagguila.

    • pkam

      Not only Lucic can’t, Ryan Strome can’t too. And I am a Hall’s fan and Hall can’t as well.

      Actually, very few Oilers in the past 3 years can. Only Drisaitl and Maroon did consistently, and Eberle did it in one year but not the next. Plus Nuge and Rattie in a small sample size. It is only a handful out of probably over 20.

      • OilersBro

        Actually, the Hall stat was looked at as a big picture. The team performed horribly when Hall and McDavid were on the same line but that’s because the Hall + McDavid line produced so much of the team’s points that there was no scoring left. The obvious answer to that problem was to build depth, not move Hall away from McD

  • Hockeytalkguy

    Can anyone tell me why Yamamoto was given a 9 game audition at the start of the year and not Rattie? I hope Rattie can be a fit on the top line. I do want to say I don’t think it helps any of the players that TMc juggles his lines so much. TMc and his coaching staff have proven they are a very stubborn group.

  • OilersBro

    Imagine trying to crack an NHL roster for 5 years and then finding a new team and being tossed on the top line with the greatest player of a generation with a very strong playmaker in his prime. Great opportunity here for Rattie – really hope it pans out! Rattie’s a ‘Berta bro too so I like him a bit more for that

  • Kepler62c

    Nuge – McDavid – Rattie
    Aberg – Drai – Puljujarvi
    Lucic – Strome – *Veteran Winger
    Caggiula – Khaira – Kassian
    Slepy, Irro, (or similar)

    Klefbom – Larsson
    Nurse – Benning
    Sekera – Russell

    Talbot
    *Not Al

    I see the main needs as:
    * A middle six winger, one who can produce on the 3rd line but can also jump up to play with Drai in the event JP or Aberg aren’t capable. Not Jussi Jokinen, a guy we know is going to put up 30-40 points.

    * A backup goalie not named Al Montoya. Needs to be significant, Nilsson would be great.

    Personally I don’t see a need to add that RHD, we have 6 NHL calibre Dmen, all of whom can play at 2nd pairing level in the event of injury.

  • toprightcorner

    As expected. I assume it is a 1-way, but even then, $800k doesn’t kill you in the AHL either. My bet is that Chia got Connors thoughts and Connor felt there was some chemitry. Rattie isn’t a great skater, but he thinks the game quickly and gets to the spots he needs to be and that is all McDavid needs.

    I don’t believe he will be on the 1st line for most of the season, but it can always be an option in case of injuries or just to mix it up. My guess is he will spend some time with Connor, more time on the 3rd line and some time in the pressbox.

    He is a cheap player that can fill in or fill the gap until Yesse or Pontus become more consistent.

  • toprightcorner

    The best part about this deal is that it makes it more likely that Yamamoto spends more time in the AHL. Watching Draisaitl and Puljujarvi both struggle in their first year of pro, Yamamoto should be slow played, if anything to allow him to adjust to playing agains bigger stronger players.

    Nothing would make me happier than for Yamamoto to put up 50+ points in the AHL for 1 season.

  • Arfguy

    I like it. This is exactly what the Oilers need. Value contracts. If we can find another player to play wing with Draisaitl who can produce, things will look much better. At this point, the Oilers should seriously consider looking at maybe the KHL to bring in a player for a couple of season.