Nick Ritchie - Photo Courtesy of Terry Wilson (OHL Images)

 

Nick Ritchie, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 205

Born: 1995-12-05

Hometown: Orangeville, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Anaheim Ducks, 10th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 2014 – Peterborough’s nasty winger, Nick Ritchie, has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series and will compete in both games on November 13th and 17th in Peterborough and Kingston, respectively. Off to a hot start with not much support, Nick Ritchie has been one of the lone bright spots with four goals and nine points (seven games) for the Petes. If Canada is looking to include a physical skilled winger on their National World Junior roster, Nick Ritchie could be a favourable target. Brendan Ross

 

September 2014 - Nick Ritchie has been sent back to Peterborough by the Anaheim Ducks. Expect him to be among the leader scorers in the OHL. Kevin Won

 

August 2014 - Nick Ritchie has signed a three-year entry-level contract deal with the Anaheim Ducks. Expect Ritchie to play for Peterborough next season in the OHL before making the jump to either the AHL or NHL in 2015-2016. Kevin Won

 

June 2014 – The Anaheim Ducks selected Nick Ritchie 10th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

February 2014 - Nick Ritchie was named the Ontario Hockey League's Player of the Week (ending February 9th) after the big power forward muscled his way to six goals and eight points in four games. Ritchie's highlight performance was when he racked up five goals and six points factoring in on every Peterborough Petes goal in a 7-6 shootout loss to the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday, February 7th. His outstanding individual performance set a new personal career high for points (6) and his five goals established a new franchise record for the Peterborough Petes, a milestone that lasted since 1983. Ironically, Nick Ritchie's five-goal game was the first by a player since his older brother (Brett) tallied five versus the Niagara IceDogs on November 4th, 2012. Brendan Ross

 

November 2013 - After returning from being sidelined for four games, Nick Ritchie fired off four goals and six points in a three-game span to return with a vengeance. The big winger has battled staying healthy early in his young career but few players are as dominating as Ritchie when he's playing a full health. Ritchie remains a potential top 10 prospect for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and currently leads Peterborough in scoring with 18 points through 16 contests, including a team high 10 goals. Brendan Ross

 

 

August 2013 – Like his older brother Brett Ritchie (Dallas Stars), Nick is a big power forward who enters his draft year with good pedigree (drafted 2nd overall by the Peterborough Petes in 2011). Ritchie is an intelligent two-way player who is an excellent skilled playmaker, using his hockey sense, vision and slick puck handling ability to execute top-end passes. His size and aggressiveness allows him to provide a physical presence and he has been known to drop his mitts to defend teammates. Ritchie is a 200-foot player who reads the play equally well in the defensive zone as he does on the attack. Heading into his third OHL season and first draft year, Ritchie has the opportunity to become a top five draft pick if he continues to play his two-way possession game and avoids injury, something he has had difficulty doing in the past. Brendan Ross

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Top six two-way playmaking power forward. Potential multi-cat producer.

 

 

 

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