Forty games into the Swedish Hockey League's (SHL) 52-game regular season, Airdrie's Ty Rattie finds himself alone in top spot of the league's scoring race.
In his third season in the SHL, his second playing for Linköping HC, Rattie has scored 19 goals and added 21 assists for 40 points in 40 games for the team. Linköping sits in sixth place among the 14 members of the SHL with a record of 19 wins, three overtime wins, 14 losses and four overtime losses. In the SHL, a team is awarded three points for winning in regulation time, two points for winning in overtime or shootout, and one point for losing in overtime or shootout. Currently, Linköping HC has 67 total points.
Rattie is the only player in the SHL who has scored a point or more per game. He has a three-point cushion over Marcus Sylvegård of the Växjö Lakers and OscarLindberg with Skellefteå AIK who are tied in second. If he keeps up his scoring pace for the rest of the season, Rattie is on track for 25 goals and 27 assists which would make the 2023-2024 campaign his best yet in the SHL. In his first year playing with Timrå IK he scored 21 goals and added 26 assists for 47 points in 51 games.
Rattie has had points in Linköping's last four games, a stretch where the team went two and two, On Friday, February 2nd he had an assist on his team's only goal in a 2 - 1 loss to Rögle BK. Rattie had one goal on Wednesday, January 31st as Linköping lost 5 - 2 to Färjestad BK. He collected two points from a goal and an assist in a 6 - 3 victory over IK Oskarshamn on Monday, January 29th. On Friday, January 26th, Rattie connected on a late power-play, scoring the game-winner as Linköping took three points from Luleå with a 4 - 2 win.
Rattie, who celebrated his 31st birthday on February 5th, has always had a penchant for scoring. While with the U15 Airdrie Xtreme, he had 75 goals and 56 assists in only 33 games, a pace of just slightly less than four points per game. After Rattie became a member of the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Portland Winter Hawks, he scored 151 goals in a four-year career.
Rattie was drafted in the second round, 32nd overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2011 NHL draft. He played for the Blues and Carolina Hurricanes before becoming an Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 2017. He scored 13 goals while playing for NHL squads.
The SHL is the top professional league in Sweden. One of the best-known players to have ever been in the SHL is former Calgary Flame Håkan Loob who began and ended his career in the SHL with Färjestad BK. Loob was drafted by the Flames in 1980 and played for the club from the 1983-84 campaign until the 1988-89 season when the team won its one and only Stanley Cup. Loob scored 193 goals and 236 assists with the Flames. Former Flames GM Cliff Fletcher once described him as "the Wayne Gretzky of Sweden." When his playing days were over with Färjestad he remained with the team, eventually becoming President, a job that he left to become the Flames' head of European Scouting, a position he still holds.
The SHL is on a break until Monday when Rattie and Linköping will face off against IK Oskarshamn on the road. The regular season wraps up on Monday, March 11th with the playoffs starting on Wednesday, March 13th.
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