Since leaving New York Islanders camp in September, Aatu Räty didn’t have the smoothest return to his Finnish club Kärpät. He played ~50% of the games since returning to Finland, and had few minutes in the game he did play in.
Why he didn’t get into every one of Kärpät’s games or why he played in the bottom six was never truly clear. Which eventually lead to a split. Räty was sent out on loan/traded to fellow Liiga side Jukurit where he’d play under former Islanders forward Olli Jokinen.
There, he should get a better opportunity to let his skills shine. And in his first game with his new club, just days later, he shined. Like a lot.
New York Islanders AAtu Räty goes off in first game for Jukurit
Räty is an offensive player. He doesn’t shy away from his defensive responsibilities, but he’s a skilled offensive player that makes things happen on the scoresheet. Playing primarily in a defensive role with limited minutes doesn’t allow him the chance to “make things happen on the scoresheet”.
So when Räty was slated on Jukurit’s second line next to Petrus Palmu who leads the team in points, we knew he was being placed in the right spot. And, Räty ran with it.
Over the game he finished with the following stat line (which should bring a smile to any Isles fan’s face):
- 1 Goal (game-winner)
- 2 Assists
- 4 SOG
- 52.6% FOW
- 18:49 TOI
Räty was (rightfully) named the game’s first star and even had the Mikkeli faithful chanting his name in the stands after the game. It’s only one game of course, but the early returns are very promising for Islanders fans.
Räty went from surplus with Kärpät to standout with Jukurit within days. With this type of performance, Räty is surely going to get his confidence back. And we’ve seen what a confident Räty can do. Just look back to the World Junior Summer Showcase this summer where he went off on Team USA and Team Sweden with 14 points in six games.
After that rough return to Finland and a rough 20120-21 season, it seems that Räty is back on track.