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11-17-2012, 12:36 AM
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Vrbata without as much speed, maybe.
Perron is an okay comparison. A bit more north-south than DP, but he likes to pull up high in the offensive zone on the rush and look for options and let the play develop, a la Elias or Demitra. Good on the rush and at protecting the puck on the boards and getting separation due to his hands and IQ. Despite not being a blazing skater, he can make quick moves in a small space. Reads the play well so he's good at jumping on loose pucks - a definite opportunist. But even though all of Elias, Vrbata, and Perron have damn good shots, Rattie's release is truly wicked, which
make up for his not being as big or fast as those guys.
Eberle is an okay comparison, too. Rattie's a bit more of a shooter and will probably not be as elusive as Eberle at the NHL level.
Rattie seems to have that sense for knowing what spot to be in to be able to pop the puck in the net (as Brett Hull had), and, combined with his quick release and sure shot, he has been a competent goal scorer at all levels. I think those skills will continue to be effective for him on The NHL level. For those reasons, I think he'll be a better goal scorer than Vrbata and Perron, but probably get less assists than they do, on The NHL level.
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