Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the stage between picks during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NHL Draft Profile: Nick Ritchie

Position: Left Wing

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 230

2013-14 Team:  Peterborough Petes (OHL)

From: Orangeville, Ontario

“He’s a big, physical, tough guy,” Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards said. “When he’s playing and using his size and strength he’s tough to knock off the puck. He goes to the net hard and has that power-forward mentality that’s tough for people to handle. He protects the puck and has an excellent shot off the rush.”

From the Calgary Flames official site.

Nick Ritchie is just another talented player who has come out of the Peterborough Petes system. It seems every year the Petes find talent in a young player and turn him into a gem and Ritchie is no different. In 2013-14, Ritchie posted 39 goals and 35 assists for 74 points in 60-plus games. His biggest model for the game is Milan Lucic, which makes sense as they play a similar style.

Nick’s brother Brett plays in the AHL with the Texas Stars, and brother Nick tries to have his game model his older brother, He says he still tries to watch his games. This is from The Hockey News:

“I’ve tried to do everything he’s done,” Nick said. “I still try to watch his games when I can and we get excited for each other when we do well.”

The Stars are picking 12th in the 2014 NHL Draft but I don’t see a player like Ritchie slipping that much. He has the talent and body of a top-five pick, but if the Stars do manage to get him then they are looking at a very talented core already with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Valeri Nichushkin and Cody Eakin. I would not mind seeing Ritchie play for the Canucks as they already have prospect Bo Horvat in the system and if they lose Ryan Kesler at least they have a solid pick in Ritchie.

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