PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Calgary Flames announced today that with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, they have selected forward Nick Ritchie from the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.
Ritchie in his third season with Peterborough, was tied for 25th in the OHL with 74 points (39G, 35A) and a plus-4 rating in 61 games. His 39 goals tied for 12th. He led his team in goals, points, powerplay goals with 11 and penalty minutes with 136. He followed that with 10 points in 11 OHL playoff games.
The 6-foot-3, 229-pound left wing was No. 7 on Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters.
Despite sustaining a shoulder injury that sidelined him the first two months of 2012-13, Ritchie had 18 goals, 17 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 41 games in his second season. He also won gold medals with Canada at the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament and at the 2013 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
In 2011-12, Ritchie's rookie campaign with the Petes, the Orangeville, ON native appeared in 62 games and was one of the youngest players in the OHL. He collected 39 points (16G, 23A) with a minus-22 rating and racked up 60 penalty minutes. Ritchie played for third-place Canada Ontario in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge; scoring 1 goal with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in three games.