With the announcement Friday that Ty Rattie has signed with the Blues, he becomes the 15th current or former Winterhawk to have signed a NHL contract in just the last three years.
Of that group, four players have already played in the NHL: Ryan Johansen (Columbus) and Nino Niederreiter (NY Islanders) spent the entire 2011-12 season in the NHL, while Sven Bartschi (Calgary) had a five-game emergency call-up in March. In addition, the Winterhawks acquired Luca Sbisa during the 2009-10 season after he’d already signed and played 47 games in the NHL with Philadelphia and Anaheim. Since then he’s spent the majority of the last two seasons in the NHL with the Ducks.
Along with Rattie and Bartschi, there were five other players on the 2011-12 Winterhawks who had signed with NHL teams, either before, during or after the season: Mac Carruth (Chicago), Oliver Gabriel (Columbus), Joe Morrow (Pittsburgh), Marcel Noebels (Philadelphia) and Brad Ross (Toronto). Gabriel signed a contract with the Blue Jackets after going undrafted,and opened the season with their AHL affiliate before returning to Portland. Noebels had already been drafted and signed by the Flyers by the time the Winterhawks acquired him in January.
The Winterhawks also have several alumni who have NHL contracts and spent this past season with the American Hockey League affiliates of the teams who drafted and signed them: Taylor Aronson (Nashville), Riley Boychuk (Buffalo), Craig Cunningham (Boston), Brett Ponich (St. Louis), Stefan Schneider (Vancouver) and Luke Walker (Colorado).