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Fantasy Summary

A play-driving offensive center who plays a solid 200-foot game. A dual-threat because he can 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 top-six center.


Observations

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June 2022 – Although Bridgeport fell to Charlotte in the AHL’s semi-finals after eliminating Providence in the opening round, the 19-year-old had a goal and three assists in six post-season outings. That’s encouraging. Mark Allan

May 2022 – When he seemed lost in six Liiga games on loan to Karpat, Räty opened eyes in Finland’s top men’s league with 13 goals and 40 points in 41 outings with Jukurit. Easily the Isles’ top prospect, albeit in a shallow pool, he parlayed size, vision and playmaking ability to earn a three-year, entry-level deal. Getting into two late-season games with Bridgeport, the 19-year-old then posted a goal and two assists in his first three AHL playoff appearances. His first full pro campaign will be revealing. Mark Allan

March 2022 – Forced to miss the WJC due to COVID, the 19-year-old had a respectable six points in 35 games last season against the hardened men of Finland’s top league. Räty began 2021-22 with only one assist in six appearances, again on loan to Karpat, before switching to Jukurit in the Liiga and regaining his mojo with 12 goals and 20 assists in 35 games so far. Twenty points in just 11 junior outings helps the second-rounder’s reputation as possibly the steal of the 2021 NHL draft. Mark Allan

October 2021 – Before he was loaned to Liiga powerhouse Oulun Kärpät in his Finnish homeland, Räty impressed the coaching staff and fellow players alike at the Islanders’ training camp. Just 18, the second-round draft pick this year displayed competitiveness, hockey IQ, maturity, poise and skill. His talented hands certainly helped with faceoffs. Although he didn’t register a point in either of the Isles’ first two pre-season outings, he held his own in puck battles. Mark Allan

August 2021 – The Isles moved quickly to sign their second-round pick to a three-year, entry-level contract with an affordable AAV of $925,000. The 18-year-old center was highly regarded after a promising 2019-20 campaign with Finland’s Karpat organization. His stock fell when he mustered just six points in 35 appearances, although that was against the men of his country’s best league. The Isles clearly believe in his package of skating, hands, size and hockey IQ. Mark Allan

July 2021 – Räty was selected in the second round, 52nd overall by the New York Islanders in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

February 2021 – Räty was left of the Finnish World Junior roster and as Michael Jordan would say, he took that personally. His play in the Liiga since January has been much stronger and more resemblant of the player that we all thought he was coming into the year. He may not be in contention for number one but should he keep up this improved play, he should be able to stay in the conversation in the top 10. There is still a solid two-way center with a wicked wrister that can be had by whoever drafts Räty. It’s going to be interesting to see how the up-and-down Finn finishes the year. Tony Ferrari 

November 2020 – It has been something of an auspicious start to the Finnish forward’s draft-eligible campaign. Expected to take a leap forward against Liiga competition, Räty has struggled to maintain his spot in the Kärpät lineup. The result has been a demotion to the U20 circuit where he’s looked more like his old self, producing seven points in eight contests. Räty remains an explosive, two-way center in a class void of elite forward talent. Don’t let the slow start fool you, he is a projectable player with a high upside. Cam Robinson

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 14, 2002
Height 6‘2”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 2; Overall: 52

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Finland Selects U13WSI U139 4 1014 6|        
 2015-2016 Finland Selects U14WSI U149 1 78 4|        
 2016-2017 Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja Q22 13 1831 12|        
  Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja18 5 2126 10|Playoffs5 3 14
 2017-2018 Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja Q21 35 3065 16|        
  Kärpät U16U16 SM-sarja18 10 2131 14|Playoffs4 3 14
  Kärpät U18