Nick Ritchie Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Peterborough Petes

Photo credit: Terry Wilson/OHL Images

Photo credit: Terry Wilson/OHL Images

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Nick Ritchie
Age – 18
Position – Left Wing
Height – 6′3″
Weight – 229
Draft Projection: Top-10
OHL Team: Peterborough Petes
2013 Regular Season Stats: 39 goals, 35 assists, 74 points, +4, 136PIM, 61 games played
2013 Playoff Stats: 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points, 24PIM, 11 games played
NHL Comparable(s) – Jamie Benn, Rick Nash
Upside – 8/10

Strengths – Nick Ritchie is your prototypical power forward, and probably the best of his kind this year’s class has to offer. Ritchie is physical, in your face, and never backs down. He loves to use his size, and isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. He protects the puck well, and embraces battles with opposing team’s top players. He’s strong on the forecheck, and can create chances from along the wall, and in the cycle game. Ritchie’s stride isn’t going to wow anyone, but his skating is pretty good for a player his size. Ritchie has an excellent shot, as it’s powerful, accurate, and he has a quick release, which allows him to get it off in a hurry. Ritchie’s hand are good, and he’s confident skating with the puck. He can create his own shot, which makes him tough to defend, as even a slight change in angle could be enough for him to get a good shot off. He’s very good on the power play, especially in front of the net or coming off the half wall, where he’ll usually have time and space to use his shot. His passing ability is pretty underrated, as I think it’s better than most give him credit for. Ritchie is also defensively responsible, and back checks pretty well. He takes a regular shift on the penalty kill unit, and plays in all situations. When he’s on, he has the ability to dominate games.

Weaknesses – At times Ritchie struggles with consistency. One game he’ll completely dominate, and the next he’ll look like a different player. That said, he was able to produce on a pretty consistent basis down the stretch of the regular season, and in the playoffs. His skating could use a bit of work, and gaining some more explosiveness in his first three steps would really help his game. He also needs to stay disciplined, as sometimes he struggles to keep his composure or crosses the line while playing on the edge.

Career Projection – Ritchie projects to be a top-6 power forward who can score goals, and play in all situations.

2014 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:

Centers

Sam Bennett – Kingston Frontenacs

Jared McCann – Soo Greyhounds

Robby Fabbri – Guelph Storm

Michael Amadio – North Bay Battalion

Wingers

Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa Generals

Nikolay Goldobin – Sarnia Sting 

Brendan Perlini – Niagara IceDogs

Brendan Lemieux – Barrie Colts

Josh Ho-Sang – Windsor Spitfires 

Spencer Watson – Kingston Frontenacs

Eric Cornel – Peterborough Petes 

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or Foreurs

Brett Pollock – Edmonton Oil Kings

Mads Eller – Edmonton Oil Kings

Defensemen

Aaron Ekblad – Barrie Colts

Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia Sting

Roland McKeown – Kingston Frontenacs

Dysin Mayo – Edmonton Oil Kings

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