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Aatu Räty

Position: center
Shoots: Left
Born: 2002-11-14 / Oulunsalo
Height 182 cm
Weight 74 kg
Team: Kärpät
  • 2018-11-08 at Finland - Canada White, WHC U17 by Lassi Alanen

    Centering Finland’s second line for the fourth time in the tournament, Räty was definitely one of Finland’s best forwards in the game. He scored two rebound goals with his backhand in the first period, scored in the shootout and was constantly dangerous in the offensive zone, generating many shot attempts for him and his linemates.

    Räty’s strong skating ability ables him to be a great puck transporter in the neutral zone. He had also one excellent sequence in the overtime, where he set up a fantastic scoring opportunity for his linemate with his skating and skill. Räty also has a very strong work ethic, as he forechecks relentlessly and applies constant pressure to the opposing defenders. He also was quite physical and finished most of his checks.


  • 2018-11-05 at Finland - Russia, WHC U17 by Lassi Alanen

    Räty was centering Finland’s second line and was featured on the top power play unit in Finland’s 2-1 win over Russia at the U17 World Hockey Challenge. One of the youngest players on the ice, his performance wasn’t spectacular but he was still able to showcase an intriguing offensive skill set.

    Räty is a strong skater with a powerful stride and explosive first few steps. In a couple of instances, he showed high-end hands and puck-handling ability. Räty was constantly aggressively looking for opportunities to shoot, but for the most part, his attempts were blocked by the opposing players. I really like that he was regularly driving the play and carrying the puck in the neutral zone.

    Räty still has work to do with refining his overall play. He has the skating to be somewhat effective on the forecheck and in the defensive zone, but for the majority of the game, he did not accomplish much without the puck. Even though he relies on his skill and skating, Räty already has a solid frame and he looked surprisingly mature physically.


  • 2018-09-23 at Kärpät - Lukko, U20 by Miika Arponen

    The younger of the Räty brothers, Aatu, played his second game in the U20 league after dominating the U18 circuit at the start of the season.

    Despite being four or five years younger than most of his opponents, Räty was very impressive and drove the play continuously and managed to enter the attacking zone with almost 100% efficiency.

    He also scored his first career goal in the U20s with a nice wrister from the middle of the slot after a nifty toe-drag move to get past a defender. He also set up multiple good scoring chances to his linemates throughout the game but they weren’t able to convert from those.

    What really stands out about him is his skating. He is agile and has good first strides to blow past defenders. He is also capable of quick turnarounds and pace changes, which make him hard to contain, especially when he has very smooth hands as well.

    His age shows quite clearly sometimes especially without the puck, but his work ethics seem to be good. Although he is tall, he got sometimes outmuscled by his opponents in front of the net and near the boards.

    All in all, it was a very impressive showing from Räty who is definitely one of the most interesting prospects regarding the 2021 NHL draft.


  • 2017-10-21 at Finland - Germany, U16 by Marco Bombino

    Räty had two really strong games for the U16 national team against Germany. He is an offensively gifted center who excels at setting up scoring chances for his linemates. He had good offensive rhythm and his passing and vision were excellent – knows where his teammates are in order to feed them the puck. He’s a good pass receiver himself, being able to get the puck under control quickly and smoothly. He showed good edge work and acceleration, as well as solid agility. He also used his stick well defensively.

    The Kärpät U16 forward will be eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft. A lot can happen development wise until the draft, however, at this point Räty looks like one of the most interesting Finnish prospects in his age-group.

Statistics

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 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 U16Jr. C SM-sarja Q22 13 1831 12|        
  Kärpät U16Jr. C SM-sarja18 5 2126 10|Playoffs5 3 14
 2017-2018 Kärpät U16Jr. C SM-sarja Q21 35 3065 16|        
  Kärpät U16Jr. C SM-sarja18 10 2131 14|Playoffs4 3 14
  Kärpät U18Jr. B SM-sarja6 1 89 2|Playoffs1 0 11
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr11 7 1017 6|        
 2018-2019 Kärpät U18Jr. B SM-sarja6 10 818 8|        
  Kärpät U20Jr. A SM-liiga11 6 06 4|        
  Finland U17WHC-176 3 03 0|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr3 1 01 2|        

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