ELMONT, NY– The New York Islanders have been waiting a few seasons for prospect Aatu Räty to get into the Islanders organization and make his mark after being drafted 52nd overall in 2021.
After coming over at the end of the AHL season in 2021-22, Aatu Räty played 23 games for Bridgeport this season with five goals and seven assists.
He skated on the fourth line, on a checking line, but brought his offensive instincts.
And just over seven minutes into the third period, with the Islanders up 2-1, Räty cut to the slot before rifling one past the blocker of Florida Panthers netminder Sergei Bobrovsky for his first career NHL goal.
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Before the game, New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert had this to say about Aatu Räty:
“He’s played really well in Bridgeport. He’s a 200-foot player, plays both sides of the puck, and he’s played in all situations down there. For me, what I’ve seen is his compete level is very, very high. He’s having success, and it’ll translate,” Lambert said.
And as Lambert said, it did translate.
Especially with the New York Islanders down a handful of players, mostly forwards, Räty will likely get more of an opportunity as the season progresses.
With his first NHL goal in his first game in limited minutes, Aatu Räty is off to a fast start at the NHL level.