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NHL Draft Profile: Nick Ritchie

by Brad Friedman / Columbus Blue Jackets

Big, physical, well-rounded. Six-foot-three, 236 lb. Nick Ritchie is a dominant winger that makes his presence felt everywhere in the rink. He's your prototypical power forward, and while there's plenty of room to grow, Ritchie has all the tools to be a big-time player (pardon the pun) in the NHL. 



Ritchie’s big frame makes it very difficult for defenders to force him off of the puck or re-direct his path, especially behind the net. When the puck isn’t on his stick, Ritchie sets up camp in the slot and either blocks the goaltender’s sight line or finishes the job himself with his quick wrist shot.

When his own shot isn’t there, Ritchie has displayed solid passing skills and can be a pretty good table setter. In three seasons with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, Ritchie scored 73 goals and registered 75 assists (148 points) with half of those points coming during the 2013-14 campaign alone. He led the Petes in points last season.

The big winger also earned a spot on the 2011-12 OHL all-rookie first team and was also a member of gold medal-winning teams in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and 2013 U-18 IIHF World Championships.

The stats stand out, but it’s the scrappy plays that make the Ontario native a coveted prospect. His long reach is a valuable asset on the defensive side, and he often uses his large frame to deliver bone-crunching hits.

Here’s what Elite Prospects had to say about Ritchie:

“Ritchie is a prototypical power forward with an impressive blend of size, skill and strength. He skates well for a big player and has agile feet. He bulls his way around the ice and has an impressive, erratic shot.”

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