EDMONTON — Ty Rattie is taking advantage of the opportunity currently presented.
Rattie had two goals and three assists and Connor McDavid added a goal and three helpers as the Edmonton Oilers remained undefeated in pre-season play with a 7-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Rattie, a 25-year-old Calgary area native who has spent the bulk of his career in the minor leagues, now has four goals and seven points in two pre-season games as he tries to remain on the Oilers’ top line with McDavid, a position he showed promise in during a late-season call-up last year.
“Things are feeling really good,” said Rattie, who had nine points in 14 games last season. “I wish it was regular season and those points counted, but it is still a nice confidence booster.
“I think I have a pretty good grasp of what (McDavid) and (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) are doing. They are the best with the puck, so why not give it to them and go to the net and find an open space. Hopefully it continues to work.”
McDavid said that Rattie has been a good fit for him so far.
“I thought he did a lot of stuff well again,” he said. “I thought he carried his momentum from his first game and skated very well. He was getting us the puck and getting in the right spot.”
Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and Jesse Puljujarvi and Milan Lucic also scored for the Oilers, who are 3-0.
Marko Dano, Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp replied for the Jets, who dropped to 1-1 in exhibition action.
Edmonton, which dressed by far the more veteran lineup, got on the board first with a power-play goal midway through the first when Puljujarvi split the defence and beat Jets goalie Eric Comrie with a backhand shot.
The Oilers made it 2-0 early in the second when McDavid stole a puck and fed it over to Nugent-Hopkins for the one-timer goal.
Winnipeg pulled even with a pair of goals one minute apart, the first coming five minutes into the second as Dano beat Oilers goalie Cam Talbot with a long wrist shot for his second goal of the pre-season.
Shortly afterwards, Lowry tipped a Copp pass in at the side of the net.
Edmonton moved back in front with seven minutes left in the second when Cooper Marody sent a shot out front that Rattie redirected up high into the net for his third of the pre-season.
Rattie then sent McDavid in with a head of speed to score three minutes into the third before Winnipeg responded with a power-play goal by Copp.
The Oilers got an insurance marker midway through the third when McDavid set up Nugent-Hopkins for his second of the game and added a power-play goal by Lucic with four minutes remaining.
Rattie then got his second goal and fifth point with just over a minute remaining.
The Jets return home to host the Calgary Flames on Saturday, and will then welcome the Oilers for a rematch on Sunday.
Notes: The Jets went a perfect 3-0 against the Oilers in the 2017-18 season… Both Winnipeg goalies had Edmonton connections. Comrie is from the Alberta capital and the younger brother of former Oiler Mike Comrie. Laurent Brossoit was the Oilers’ backup goalie for most of last season and spent five years in the organization… Defenceman Darnell Nurse was in the Edmonton lineup after inking a two-year pact with the Oilers on Monday.