Damien Riat

Washington Capitals

Fantasy Summary

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.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country SUI
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 26, 1997
Height 6‘0”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 25016 Round 4; Overall: 117

Observations

June 2019 – Riat’s contact with EHC Biel-Bienne runs until 2019-2020 and that is concerning for Capitals fans. Riat’s game has stagnated in the Swiss league slightly and it would be best for him to come to North America soon. He at least upped his playoff production from one points in five games in 2018 to four points in 12 games this season. The Swiss leagues are notoriously low scoring so his true potential will be better measured in North America.  Pat Quinn

 

March 2019 – Riat finished his year with a similar stat-line than the previous year with 25 points in 48 games, but he did take a few more penalty minutes and put up three points in five playoff games instead of the one point in five games from the previous year. He still has one more season in the NLA under contract so hopefully he can break out eventually or he will just appear to be a bottom six NHLer at best. Pat Quinn

 

December 2018 – Riat is pretty much mirroring his 2017-2018 season this year but he is more consistently dangerous this season. Pat Quinn

 

September 2018 – Riat will change teams in the NLA (Swiss League) from his hometown Genève-Servette HC to EHC Biel-Bienne for the 2018-2019 season as he looks to improve on his 24 points in 48 games.  Pat Quinn

 

May 2018 – Riat bounced back in the second half of the season for Genève-Servette HC with 18 points in 29 games. In a league where scoring isn’t as prominent and young players do not play much Riat began to stand out. He is signed in the Swiss League until 2019-20 and will likely play in the AHL after that. Pat Quinn

 

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 the 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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Genève-Servette II U15 U15-Top 3 2 0 2 2 |          
 2009-2010 Genève-Servette U15 U15-Elit 15 8 5 13 16 |          
  Genève-Servette II U15 U15-Top 1 1 0 1 0 |          
 2010-2011 Genève-Servette U15 U15-Elit 25 16 10 26 56 |          
 2011-2012 Genève-Servette U15 U15-Elit 15 6 7 13 50 |          
  Genève-Servette U17 U17-Elit 18 3 4 7 52 | Relegation 5 1 1 2
  Genève-Servette II U17 U17-Top 1 1 0 1 2 |          
 2012-2013 Notre Dame Argos Midget AAA SMHL 36 4 9 13 58 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Notre Dame Argos Midget AAA SMHL 44 18 38 56 56 | Playoffs 12 5 7 12 28 
  Switzerland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 0 1 2 |          
  Switzerland U18 WJC-18 5 1 1 2 0 |          
  Switzerland U18 (all) International-Jr 14 4 2 6 4 |          
 2014-2015 Malmö Redhawks J20 JCWC 5 2 1 3 4 |          
  Malmö Redhawks J18 J18 Allsvenskan 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Malmö Redhawks J20 SuperElit 40 7 7 14 70 |          
  Switzerland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 2 3 25 |          
  Malmö Redhawks Allsvenskan 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Switzerland U18 WJC-18 7 3 2 5 4 |          
  Switzerland U18 (all) International-Jr 26 9 9 18 59 |          
  Switzerland U19 WJAC-19 4 1 2 3 4 |          
 2015-2016 Genève-Servette U20 U20-Elit 4 3 5 8 10 |          
  Genève-Servette NLA 45 9 12 21 34 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3 10 
  Genève-Servette Champions HL 4 0 1 1 6 |          
  Genève-Servette Swiss Cup 2 2 2 4 0 |          
  Switzerland U20 WJC-20 6 2 2 4 8 |          
  Switzerland U20 (all) International-Jr 15 4 7 11 24 |          
 2016-2017 Genève-Servette NLA 46 7 7 14 36 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Genève-Servette Swiss Cup 4 1 1 2 2 |          
  Switzerland U20 WJC-20 5 1 5 6 8 |          
  Switzerland U20 (all) International-Jr 11 9 9 18 12 |          
  Switzerland (all) International 8 3 0 3 0 |          
 2017-2018 Genève-Servette NLA 48 12 12 24 30 | Playoffs 5 0 1 1
  Genève-Servette Swiss Cup 2 0 1 1 0 |          
  Switzerland WC 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  Switzerland (all) International 14 4 2 6 0 |          
 2018-2019 Biel-Bienne NLA 48 11 14 25 38 | Playoffs 12 3 1 4
  Biel-Bienne Swiss Cup 2 1 0 1 0 |          
  Switzerland (all) International 5 0 1 1 6 |          
 2019-2020 Biel-Bienne NLA - - - - - |          

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