As per reports, the Edmonton Oilers are reportedly among teams interested in right winger Ty Rattie.
TSN’s Ryan Rishaug first reported the news Friday, saying that Edmonton was one of 4-5 teams that have asked about Rattie. The 24-year-old forward, who didn’t receive a qualifying offer from the Carolina Hurricanes, is set to hit the free agent market Saturday. He is a 32nd overall pick who has yet to truly prove his worth as a full-time NHLer.
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Rattie played just nine games in the NHL this season between Carolina and St. Louis, registering two assists and four takeaways. He did not turn over the puck once, and also managed to average around a hit per game. However, he couldn’t make it full-time in the NHL and played most of the season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, where he also struggled. Through 22 minor league games, Rattie only managed two goals and five points and was a minus-1.
The Oilers need to address the lack of depth on the right wing, especially with Jordan Eberle headed to Long Island. Though Ryan Strome will certainly give Edmonton more depth, they need more scorers and promising wingers beyond the top six. Rattie can fill that need.
Though he doesn’t have proven point totals, Rattie is a fast skater who has outstanding stickhandling ability and on-ice vision. His offensive acumen cannot be denied, and he is capable of playing either side of the wing and capitalizing on his opportunities.
If Rattie sees a change of scenery with Edmonton, a spark could be ignited and he could finally find success at the NHL level. He still has potential and can definitely bring more than just scoring to the table. Overall, this would be a decent signing for the Oilers. He’s a young right wing with upside and can add more depth to the forward lines.