After a short vacation to Carolina, Ty Rattie is back in the Blues organization.
After six weeks and five games in a Carolina Hurricanes uniform, forward Ty Rattie is once again a member of the St. Louis Blues organization. The Hurricanes placed him on waivers Saturday morning, and the Blues successfully reclaimed him on Sunday. Since all the teams ahead of the Blues in the waiver process passed on Rattie, the Blues have the option to send him to the minors, and they’ll do just that. They announced that Rattie will report to the AHL Chicago Wolves, signifying that the 24-year-old’s days as a legitimate prospect are probably over.
The 6-foot, 195-pound winger has played in nine NHL games this season–four with the Hurricanes and five with the Blues. He’s collected two assists, both of which came with Carolina. The Blues also sent Rattie on a conditioning stint to Chicago in November, during which he played three games and collected an assist.
While Rattie is probably quite a bit further down the organizational depth chart than he was last time around–Magnus Paajarvi, Ivan Barbashev, Kenny Agostino, and Wade Megan have performed well in his absence–he should have more of a chance now that Mike Yeo is the Blues’ head coach. While Rattie isn’t the quickest forward around, his skill set fits better in Yeo’s system than it did in Ken Hitchcock’s rugged north-and-south style of play.
The Blues may soon have another chance to bring back one of the players they lost on waivers this season. Defenseman Brad Hunt has been with the Nashville Predators since January 17 but has yet to play in a game, so it’s easy to see a scenario in which Hunt hits the waiver wire again soon.