The Blues will have Ty Rattie available for Tuesday’s game against Buffalo.
The St. Louis Blues announced on Sunday evening that they’ve recalled right wing Ty Rattie from the AHL Chicago Wolves, where he had been on a conditioning stint since Monday. With a group of 13 forwards that coach Ken Hitchcock already struggles to whittle down to 12 for each game, Rattie was struggling to get game action and had been restricted to practice for nearly a month.
The short assignment to Chicago enabled him to get some much-needed ice time. Over three games, he had one assist with six shots on goal and a minus-2 rating. That lackluster performance probably isn’t going to enable him to crack the Blues’ lineup anytime soon without an injury to someone else, but it will allow him to be fresher should an injury occur.
Anyone who had looked at the Wolves’ schedule probably could have predicted that today would be the day he’d be recalled to the NHL club; after a week in which they played three games–one against the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, then two against the Cleveland Monsters on Friday and Saturday–they now have a five-day layoff before a weekend back-to-back with the Iowa Wild. With that knowledge in mind, the Blues’ decision came down to whether they’d rather have Rattie getting slightly more time in practice with the AHL club or serving as an additional option for the NHL team, which plays three games this week.
Rattie has dressed for just one NHL game this season, an October 18 loss to Vancouver. In just 8:02, he had one shot.