A play-driving offensive center who plays a solid 200-foot game. A dual-threat because he can both make plays and finish them. Great skating ability combined with high-end puck-skills makes him a threat all over the ice. Needs to work on his consistency and discipline. Projects to become a very good number one center. A legitimate threat to go first overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
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August 2020 – Räty is the projected first overall pick for the 2021 NHL Draft at the start of his draft season but he’ll need to work hard to maintain that top spot throughout the season because he’s definitely not a lock to go first. Räty has all the tools to become a very good number one center in the NHL but consistency has been the main problem in his career so far. He had an excellent draft minus-two season in the Finnish junior league but couldn’t build on it in his draft minus-one season. He seemed to be trying to do too much and being in his head a bit too much. He did, however, get to play some games against men at the Liiga level, and he played an important role at the World Juniors as well. Räty is on the older side for his draft class but considering how long he’s been on the radar and where his game is at right now, it’s not a concern.
Räty’s most noticeable skill is his great skating ability. He utilizes his speed to enter the offensive zone with possession. Having great hands is obviously a big help in that as well. He’s good off the rush and he’s also good at the cycle game. Even though it doesn’t appear that way based on his numbers, he also owns a great wrist shot. But he is more of a playmaker who controls the pace of the game and drives the play up the ice. He is also a very solid 200-foot player as shown by his great performance in a defensive role at the World Juniors.
In his draft season, Räty is expected to be a full-time Liiga player. Because Kärpät is a very deep organization, he will likely play just a middle-six role all season long. Finding consistency in his level of play throughout the season will be key for him. Assuming the World Juniors are played this year, Räty is a lock for the Finnish roster and should play a big role there. On both teams, he’ll get to play with his older brother Aku who was drafted by Arizona in 2019. Jokke Nevalainen