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Ducks assign forward Nick Ritchie to OHL

by Staff

The Anaheim Ducks on Monday assigned forward Nick Ritchie, the No. 10 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, to Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League on Monday.

Ritchie, 18, led the Petes last season with 39 goals and 74 points in 61 games, had five goals and 10 points in 11 playoff games, and has 148 points (73 goals, 75 assists) in 165 OHL games. He won gold medals with Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2012 and the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in 2013. On Feb. 7, Ritchie became the first OHL player to score five goals in a game since his brother Brett, taken No. 44 by the Dallas Stars in the 2011 draft.

Ritchie signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Ducks on Aug. 2. He is No. 35 on the Top 60 prospects list.

"I think he's going to be a real good player," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told the Orange County Register early in training camp. "I think he was a real good pick. He can skate, he's big, he's strong and he has an eye for the net."

Anaheim also assigned forwards Matt Bailey, Nicolas Kerdiles, John Kurtz, Louis Leblanc and Stefan Noesen, defensemen Kevin Gagne and Andrew O'Brien, and goalie Igor Bobkov to Norfolk of the American Hockey League. Forwards Steve MacIntyre, David Steckel and Brad Winchester, and defenseman Brendan Bell, were released from their professional tryouts and assigned to Norfolk. Forward Brandon Yip, also in camp on a tryout, was released.

The Ducks have 32 players remaining on their training camp roster.


The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday assigned defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

Samuelsson, the son of two-time Penguins Stanley Cup champion Ulf Samuelsson, was Pittsburgh's second-round pick (No. 61) in the 2009 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut last season and was scoreless in five games.

Samuelsson and Leblond must clear waivers before they can report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins have 32 players on their training camp roster.


The New York Islanders on Monday reduced their training camp roster by 15 players.

They assigned forward Sebastian Collberg and defensemen Loic Leduc, Andrey Pedan, Adam Pelech and Jesse Graham to the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

They released forwards Justin Courtnall, Colton Gillies, Chris Langkow, Charles Stretch and Charles Vaughan, defenseman Mark Nemec and goalie Shane Owen from professional tryout contracts. Forward Ross Johnston and goalie Philippe Trudeau were released from amateur tryout contracts.

Forward Lukas Sutter has been transferred to Sound Tigers training camp.

The Islanders have 47 players on their training camp roster.


The Chicago Blackhawks on Monday assigned forwards Joakim Nordstrom, Dennis Rasmussen and Garret Ross, defensemen Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck, and goaltender Scott Darling to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Clendening is No. 56 on the Top 60 prospect ranking.

Chicago's third-round pick (No. 90) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Nordstrom had a goal and three points in 16 games with the Blackhawks last season, and 17 goals and 33 points in 58 games with Rockford.

The Blackhawks have 30 players on their training camp roster.


The Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday assigned goaltender Antoine Bibeau, forwards Petri Kontiola and Sam Carrick and defenseman Petter Granberg to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. They placed forward Troy Bodie on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Marlies.

Injured non-roster players Rinat Valiev (knee) and Frederik Gauthier (ribs) are being sent back to Kootenay (Western Hockey League) and Rimouski (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), respectively, for rehab.

Defenseman Henrik Tallinder was released from his professional tryout contract.

The Maple Leafs have 29 players on their training camp roster.


The Vancouver Canucks on Monday trimmed their training camp roster by seven players. Defenseman Peter Andersson, Alex Biega and Bobby Sanguinetti, forwards Darren Archibald, Brandon Defazio and Dustin Jeffrey, and goalie Jacob Markstrom, were sent to the Utica Comets of the AHL.

Markstom, who cleared waivers Saturday, is 12-27-5 with a 3.19 GAA and .896 save percentage in 47 NHL games for the Florida Panthers and Canucks. The Canucks acquired him from the Panthers on March 4 in the Roberto Luongo trade.

A first-round pick (No. 21) of the New York Rangers in the 2006 NHL Draft, Sanguinetti has played 45 NHL games for the Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes. He signed a one-year contract with Vancouver after spending last season with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Jeffrey has 17 goals and 14 assists in 124 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, and played for the Texas Stars team that won the Calder Cup last season.

Archibald appeared in 16 games for the Canucks in 2013-14 with one goal and two assists.


The Colorado Avalanche on Monday reassigned defenseman Stefan Elliott and goalie Roman Will to Lake Erie of the AHL.

Elliott, Colorado's second-round pick (No. 49) in the 2009 NHL Draft, has six goals and 12 assists in 58 games with the Avalanche.

Will, a native of Plzen, Czech Republic, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Avalanche in May.


The Edmonton Oilers on Monday assigned forwards Curtis Hamilton, Kale Kessy, Iiro Pakarinen and Jason Williams, and defenseman Martin Gernat, to the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.

Williams, 33, has appeared in 455 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins. He signed with the Barons in July after spending the past two seasons with Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss Elite League.


The Florida Panthers on Monday assigned defenseman Greg Zanon and forwards Bobby Butler, Joey Crabb, Ryan Martindale and Garrett Wilson to San Antonio of the AHL.

The Panthers have 32 players on their training camp roster.


The San Jose Sharks on Monday assigned forwards Travis Oleksuk, Daniil Tarasov, Melker Karlsson and Freddie Hamilton, defensemen Matt Tennyson and Dylan DeMelo, and goalies Troy Grosenick and J.P. Anderson to Worcester of the AHL.

The Sharks have 30 players on their training camp roster.


The Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday assigned defenseman Jaime Sifers and forwards Josh Anderson, Sean Collins and Ryan Craig to Springfield of the AHL.

The Blue Jackets have 32 players on their training camp roster.


The Ottawa Senators on Monday sent the following players to Binghamton of the AHL: goaltenders Chris Driedger and Andrew Hammond; defensemen Guillaume Lepine, Daniel New, Troy Rutkowski, Michael Sdao and Chris Wideman; and forwards Carter Camper, Jakub Culek, Ryan Dzingel, Derek Grant, Alexander Guptill, Danny Hobbs, Darren Kramer, Max McCormick, Brad Mills, Shane Prince, Cole Schneider, Garrett Thompson and Brandon Wong.

Forward Nick Palmieri was released from his professional tryout.

The Senators have 33 players on their training camp roster.


The Calgary Flames trimmed their training camp roster by five Monday. Forwards Turner Elson and Emile Poirier, and defensemen Ryan Culkin and John Ramage were assigned to Adirondack of the AHL. Defenseman Mark Cundari was placed on waivers with the intent of an assignment to Adirondack.

Selected No. 22 in the 2013 NHL Draft, Poirier had four points in two games for Adirondack last season after scoring 43 goals for Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Flames have 40 players on their roster.


Goaltender Jussi Rynnas was placed on waivers Monday by the Dallas Stars and is expected to be assigned to Texas of the AHL if he clears. He was competing with Anders Lindback to back up Kari Lehtonen.

Rynnas, 27, signed a two-year contract with the Stars on July 7 after going 28-5-7 with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League (Liiga). His 1.51 goals-against average and .939 save percentage each led the league and he was second in shutouts (nine) and wins.

Rynnas is 0-1-0 in three NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Forwards Scott Glennie and defenseman Cameron Gaunce each cleared waivers Monday and were assigned to Texas. The Stars have 32 players on their training camp roster.


The Los Angeles Kings on Monday assigned centers Nic Dowd and Nick Shore, and defenseman Vincent LoVerde, to Manchester of the AHL.

The Kings have 29 players on their training camp roster.

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