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Are The Blues Suddenly High On Ty Rattie?

Some interesting quotes from Doug Armstrong seem to conflict with Rattie's time with the NHL club.

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Ty Rattie is not a poor hockey player when given a chance. He played 13 games with the Blues this year, netting four goals and two assists, and sporting a shiny (but probably unsustainable over a larger sample size of games played) shooting percentage of 25%. With the Wolves, he had 46 points in 62 games played (17G, 29A).

It's been a common assumption of many Blues fans - and many around these parts in particular - that Rattie will absolutely not get regular playing time with the Blues as long as Ken Hitchcock coaches them. Hitchcock's recall of Magnus Paajarvi from the doghouse limits how and when (and frankly, if) Rattie will be utilized. Dmitrij Jaskin, who found himself the new occupant of Hitch's doghouse, also limited Rattie's potential to have a role on the team.

Recently, in the Post-Dispatch's run-down of the Blues' MVPs this season, Jeremy Rutherford picked Rattie as the Blues' prospect to watch, and his blurb included this quote from GM Doug Armstrong:

"I would say Ty Rattie is the first name that pops off the screen for me. He’s played three years in the American Hockey League now. You’ve never maxed out in your life because you can always get better but he needs to get a very good look at what we’re doing here. That would be the only player that really jumps off the screen."

You can't predict future trade packages based on the general manager's words, but this doesn't sound like something someone who is necessarily looking to shop Rattie would say. Next season's pending cap crunch might leave room for Rattie to get that look, but will the coach allow that to happen? And, of course, there's the return of Vladimir Sobotka to think of. Sobotka will more than likely replace Ott on the fourth line (and eventually work his way up to second line center because Hitch gonna Hitch), but could Rattie edge out Jaskin somehow with the loss of a Scottie Upshall or a Troy Brouwer to the free agent market?