After replenishing their prospect pool in the 2014 NHL Draft, the St. Louis Blues have plenty of young talent at multiple levels of hockey. Jordan Schmaltz continues to impress at the NCAA level while Mackenzie MacEachern continued his strong college career. Jake Walman, Austin Poganski and Dwyer Tschantz had productive freshmen seasons as well.
The St. Louis Blues were without a first round pick in the 2011 draft, but with three second round sections the club was able to add some promising prospects. Their first selection, Ty Rattie, put up impressive numbers for Portland of the WHL and was ranked as the 17th best North American skater by Central Scouting. The club also strengthened their already impressive standing between the pipes, selecting two goaltenders – Jordan Binnington and Niklas Lundstrom.
Ty Rattie, RW – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
When the Portland Winterhawks went into the 2008 WHL Draft it was obvious what they needed – scoring.
Coming off a season in which they scored 132 goals as a team, they wanted offensive creativity with the second pick in the WHL draft.
Ty Rattie fit the bill.
Rattie had just finished the 2007-08 season by shattering Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League (AMBHL) scoring marks in notching 75 goals and 131 points, both league records. Considering the talent that has coming through that circuit, it’s a more than impressive season.
"I really didn’t even know about the record until halfway through the season when a couple people came up to me and told me about it," he said. "I kind of kept it in the back of my mind throughout the season and thought it would be a nice accomplishment. When I broke it it felt good, but we (hosted) Western’s that year and that was the big thing.
"It’s great to look back on it and know all the great players that have been through the AMBHL, to have that kind of record is something I’ll remember forever."
Fast forward a year and a half and all the 6′ 170-pound right winger has done is continue to score.
The Airdrie, Alberta native played with the Strathmore UFA Bisons AAA midget club last year and dominated against older competition, scoring 29 goals and 54 points in 34 games, good for fourth in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL). He even manag Read more»