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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: Nick Ritchie

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 10:20 AM CT / Features
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2014 NHL Draft Prospects Profiles: Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie



Birthplace: Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth/Age: Dec. 5, 1995 (18)

Current Team: Peterborough Petes (OHL)

Position: Left Wing

Height: 6-3

Weight: 236 pounds

Nick Ritchie may only be 18 years old but his combination of size, at 6-3 236 pounds, and skill has given scouts a reason to believe he has all the tools to be successful at the next level heading into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Ritchie was selected in the first round, second overall by the Peterborough Petes in the 2011 OHL Priority Draft and helped lead the team back to the playoffs in 2014 for the first time in four years. He led the team in points during the regular season (39g-35a-74pts) and playoffs (5g-5a-10pts).

Ritchie also won a pair of gold medals with Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championship.

The power forward has gone on record saying he models his style of play after current NHL big-men Milan Lucic and Jamie Benn but also pays close attention to his older brother Brett, who was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and was a key contributor for the AHL’s Texas Stars this past season (22g-26a-48pts).

At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Brett shares a similar build and skill set with younger brother Nick, which has allowed them to look to each other for advice.

On Feb. 7, 2014, Nick scored five goals and added an assist in what was the OHL’s largest single-game goal-scoring outburst in almost two years. The last player to reach this mark was none other than older brother Brett in November 2012 with the Niagara Ice Dogs.

Ritchie’s combination of size and scoring ability has a lot of NHL teams looking at him as an early first-round pick. His ability to be physical and take the puck to the net could be what allows him to have a successful NHL career.


Scout’s Comments:

“Nick is a powerful player and when he is skating and driving hard, he is extremely difficult to stop. Very good along the boards and can quickly win a puck battle and create a scoring chance. With his skating and size, he opens up lots of opportunities for his line mates. Players like him are not common.” –Craig Button, TSN Director of Scouting


Statistics

 Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

TP

PIM

    

Playoffs

GP

G

A

TP

PIM 

 2010-2011

Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAA

GTMMHL

68

50

45

95

119

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgetown Raiders

OJHL

1

0

0

0

0

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Ontario

CWG

6

2

2

4

38

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAA

OHL Cup

7

5

4

9

10

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2011-2012

Peterborough Petes

OHL

62

16

23

39

60

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Ontario U17

WHC-17

3

1

2

3

2

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2012-2013

Peterborough Petes

OHL

41

18

17

35

50

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada U18

Hlinka Memorial

5

1

1

2

31

|

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada U18

WJC-18

4

1

3

4

10

|

 

 

 

 

 

 2013-2014

Peterborough Petes

OHL

61

39

35

74

136

|

Playoffs

11

5

5

10

24 

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com



Combine Results:

Nick finished in the Top 10 in the following categories at the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine at Toronto International Centre on Saturday, May 31, 2014:
 

Leg Power Average
Pos.         Name                                Watts

1               BRETT LERNOUT              2037

2               CONNOR CHATHAM         1974

3               NICHOLAS RITCHIE          1764

4               ALEXANDER PETERS      1754

5               BRENDAN PERLINI           1730                 

6               AARON EKBLAD               1723

7               ALEX TUCH                       1695

8               RYAN MANTHA                  1692

9               JACOB MIDDLETON         1690

10            BLAKE SIEBENALER         1680

Leg Peak Power                  

Pos.         Name                                Watts

1               CONNOR CHATHAM        7508

2               BRETT LERNOUT             6936

3               SHANE GERSICH             6884

4               ALEXANDER PETERS      6824

5               LUC SNUGGERUD            6740

6               BRENDAN PERLINI           6724

7               STEVEN SPINNER            6579

8               BLAKE SIEBENALER        6515

9               NICHOLAS RITCHIE          6470

10            MILES GENDRON               6470

Via NHL.com


Where Nick Ritchie is ranked:

International Scouting Services have Ritchie ranked as the 10th-best overall player.
http://www.isshockey.com/

NHL Central Scouting has Ritchie ranked as the seventh-best North American skater.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=712854

Craig Button of TSN has Ritchie ranked as the 16th-best overall player.
http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=49649

Future Considerations has Ritchie ranked as the seventh-best overall player.
http://futureconsiderations.ca/

Corey Pronman of ESPN has Ritchie ranked as the 18th-best overall player.
http://espn.go.com/


Video:


Nick Ritchie 2013/14 OHL Season Highlights:

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61