Damian Riat

by Pat Quinn on November 18, 2017


Damian Riat, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 172

Born: 1997-02-26

Hometown: Genève, SUI

Drafted: 4th Round 2016 (117th overall) by the Washington Capitals








November 2017 - Riat has struggled to score to start the season in the Swiss league (NLA) with only six points in 19 games. NLA is typically a low scoring league, and if you are a young player and do not score off th bat you will be given less minutes. Riat has been given low minutes again and needs a hot run to get his minutes up. He will likely come over to Hershey in the AHL for the 2018-2019 season and hopefully begin producing as some younger players on he Bears current roster should move up to the NHL roster. Pat Quinn


January 2017 - Riat was easily a top forward for the Swiss always creating offense when he could. In the playoff match versus the USA he finished with an assist and was consistently dangerous. The Capitals may have a gem on their hands, but a wait and see approach is needed. Pat Quinn


January 2017 - Riat has been on of the best players for the Swiss team in the world junior tournament, standing out amongst many scouts watching the team. In the four round robin games he has one goal and four assists. Rait is consistently is one of the most dangerous and creative forwards on the Swiss team, making things happen when he has the puck. The Capitals may have drafted a very good player in the fourth round, but he really needs to pick up his scoring and consistency in the NLA (Swiss A league) as well as bulking up. Pat Quinn


July 2016 - Riat is a player who has moved around a lot to start his career. First he played two years at Notre Dame private school in Saskatchewan, then moved to Sweden for two more years of hockey, and then ended up returning to Switzerland to play in their National League A. He put up 21 points in 45 games for the Geneve Servette, tying him for for sixth on the team in goals, eighth in points, and ninth in assists. Riat has a long way to go before he can make an impact but the Capitals must have felt the six-foot winger has enough skill to take a chance on him this late. Pat Quinn


Fantasy Outlook: D

A good value pick for the Capitals. He appears to be a dangerous top six forward but time and increased competition is needed for him to continue developing. 



World Juniors 2017 goal


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