Brett Ritchie - Courtesy of 100degreehockey.com

Brett Ritchie, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 209

Born: 1992-07-01

Hometown: Orangeville, Ont.

Drafted: 2011 by Dallas Stars, 44th Overall

 

 

 

Observations:

 

September 2014 - Dallas has assigned Ritchie to the Texas Stars to open the 2014-15 season. After being limited for about a week during the preseason following the broken finger, Ritchie has himself positioned well to be at the head of the list for a call up should an injury befall one of Dallas' wingers. With Ales Hemsky now wearing Victory Green you know it's only a matter of when, not if, that opportunity arises. Rex Doty  

 

September 2014 - Ritchie's chances of making the NHL roster to start the season suffered a setback over the weekend at the Traverse City Tourney. Ritchie was slashed on the hand and broke his pinkie finger. It was announced that Ritchie will miss roughly two weeks which will include training camp this weekend and the first week of pre-season. It doesn't mean he will automatically start the season back in the AHL, but now the task of breaking camp with the NHL Stars just became a lot tougher. Rex Doty

 

September 2014 - Ritchie had a great game for the Stars squad in the Traverse City Prospects Tournement on opening night. Ritchie helped lead a rally from down 3-1 in the third period as the Stars beat the Rangers 4-3. He picked up two goals, one in the third and the game-winner in OT, plus adding an assist. Ritchie may be a dark horse candidate to land in Big D to start the season, but with the wealth of talent top to bottom at forward the chances are pretty slim barring a lights out camp and pre-season. In all likelihood Ritchie will spend a good chunk of 2014-15 in the AHL, where he can build on last seasons strong regular season, and even better playoff run, with the 2013-14 Calder Cup Champion, Texas Stars. Rex Doty

 

November 2013 - Ritchie has skated in all 14 games for the Texas Stars (AHL) this season. After recording just one point in the first five contests, he now ranks tied for second on the team in assists (8) and fourth in total points (11). He's scored at least one point in seven out of his last nine games this season and currently rides a three game point streak dating back to Nov. 2. Clayton Bailey

 

 

April 2013 - After wrapping up a very productive season with the Ice Dogs where he had 76 points in 53 games and a stellar plus-35, Ritchie has joined the Texas Stars. In five regular season games he had four points. He also notched the game winning goal in overtime of the Stars first round Calder Cup playoff game against the Milwaukee Admirals. Rex Doty

 

March 2013 - Brett Ritchie of the Ice Dogs was named OHL Player of the Week (ending March 3, 2013) for the second time this season after posting five goals and eight points in three weekly games. Ritchie continues to show tremendous chemistry with Ryan Strome this season as the duo teamed up for 15 points in the three weekly games. Brendan Ross

 

February 2013 – He only lasted three days in Dallas’ camp before they felt it was best he continued in Niagara of the OHL. Ritchie and Strome combine for the OHL’s most dominating and lethal duo this season with 60 goals between them in 41 games. Jason Banks

 

December 2012 - Ritchie was named to the final squad that will represent Canada at the WJC. He is expected to play on the second line. Rich Dillon

 

December 2012 - Brett Ritchie was one of 21 forwards invited to take part in Canada's National Junior Selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. Ritchie enters camp as one of the Canadian Hockey League's hottest snipers over the past few weeks. Brendan Ross

 

October 2012 - Stars forward prospect Brett Ritchie is off to a strong start in his fourth OHL campaign as he clips along at a point-per-game pace through his first 16 games. The big winger has formed good chemisty with Islanders' prospect Ryan Strome and is showin more signs of consistency as his game matures. He remains a wild card prospect for fantasy leagues but could be worth a flyer in deeper keeper leagues. Brendan Ross

 

October 2012 – Brett Ritchie was named to the 2012 Subway Super Series Team OHL Roster slated to compete in a six-game series versus the Russian National Junior Team in November. Brendan Ross

 

July 2012 – Signed his three year entry level contract. He will be returning to junior this season, where he needs to dominate games with his size, and be ready to turn pro next season. His pro transition will likely be smooth as he has the body of a man, but his offensive game will take a few seasons. Jason Banks

 

January 2012 – Blessed with great size, Brett Ritchie excels in the puck protection game when using his size along the boards.  Unfortunately, Ritchie has suffered several injuries in his young career and has struggled to consistently use his size game in and game out.  As a power forward, Brett Ritchie has time to develop into a solid top six player for the Dallas Stars and if he learns to engage himself physically on a more consistent basis then he has the tools (good speed, great shot and a mean streak) to become a valuable roto-player especially since he has shown a willingness to drop the mitts. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

 

As a power forward, Brett Ritchie’s arrival time is still a couple of years away but with good offensive skills and potential to contribute in penalty minutes he is worth a late round pick in deep keeper leagues.

 

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