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McDNicks17 04-17-2011 02:01 AM

Brett Ritchie
 
I noticed he had an "A" at the U-18s and tried to find some info about him, but couldn't find much.

All I really know is he's a big kid who's good in the tough areas.

How are his hands?
Is he physical?
Does he have top 6 potential?
Where do you think he'll go in the draft?


Any info is appreciated.

Thanks!

lazyboy 04-17-2011 07:53 AM

I'm a season ticket holder of the Sting so I've seen enough of B. Ritchie to at least form an opinion.

The most often used term describing him is 'power forward' and I cringe every time I hear that associated with him. I found him far to soft/timid to be associated with that term up until January this past season where he really did take his game to a whole new level. His intensity and being a noticeable player really changed at that point but then he was out of the lineup for a long stretch and only came back late when the season was pretty much over for the Sting. IF he can carry through his second half play, IMO we have a player...if not we have someone who would struggle to make any meaningful longtime NHL career. Skill (hands/skating) are not the issue its intensity - or at least willingness to get involved more often.

As for where he goes in the draft, he seems to be consistantly rated as a second rounder, but I do think he could be seen as a gem and taken higher than the rankings slot him in a draft where I think many teams may go off the board earlier than in previous years. I do know that many scouts have come to Sarnia to see him specifically.

In short I was not a fan early on but his second half play really impressed me to the point I may take him as a flyer late in the first round or play it safe early/mid second.

Brock 04-17-2011 10:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lazyboy (Post 32438172)
I'm a season ticket holder of the Sting so I've seen enough of B. Ritchie to at least form an opinion.

The most often used term describing him is 'power forward' and I cringe every time I hear that associated with him. I found him far to soft/timid to be associated with that term up until January this past season where he really did take his game to a whole new level. His intensity and being a noticeable player really changed at that point but then he was out of the lineup for a long stretch and only came back late when the season was pretty much over for the Sting. IF he can carry through his second half play, IMO we have a player...if not we have someone who would struggle to make any meaningful longtime NHL career. Skill (hands/skating) are not the issue its intensity - or at least willingness to get involved more often.

As for where he goes in the draft, he seems to be consistantly rated as a second rounder, but I do think he could be seen as a gem and taken higher than the rankings slot him in a draft where I think many teams may go off the board earlier than in previous years. I do know that many scouts have come to Sarnia to see him specifically.

In short I was not a fan early on but his second half play really impressed me to the point I may take him as a flyer late in the first round or play it safe early/mid second.

I think that pretty much sums it up.

Basically, I don't think we really know what type of player Brett Ritchie is going to become.

During that stretch to start the new year, he was an absolute animal. But was that just a hot stretch, or was that just his confidence returning after the slow start?

This Under 18's will be huge for his draft stock IMO. He's been held pointless thus far, but if he's playing well away from the puck, hitting people and providing leadership, that might be enough to bump up his draft ranking (based on those who've seen him enough to know that he has offensive talent, even if he's not showing it at the tournament).

R S 04-17-2011 01:31 PM

Sounds like Dustin Penner to me.

McDNicks17 04-17-2011 02:59 PM

Thanks for the replies.

I was hoping he was more of a Lucic than a Penner. :(

Garyboy 04-17-2011 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Renegade Stylings (Post 32442766)
Sounds like Dustin Penner to me.

Much better skater than Penner.

JawandaPuck 05-04-2011 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brock (Post 32439628)
I think that pretty much sums it up.

Basically, I don't think we really know what type of player Brett Ritchie is going to become.

During that stretch to start the new year, he was an absolute animal. But was that just a hot stretch, or was that just his confidence returning after the slow start?

This Under 18's will be huge for his draft stock IMO. He's been held pointless thus far, but if he's playing well away from the puck, hitting people and providing leadership, that might be enough to bump up his draft ranking (based on those who've seen him enough to know that he has offensive talent, even if he's not showing it at the tournament).

Ritchie certainly continued his strong second half play (PPG since Jan 1) all the way through to the end of the U18s. At 6'3" 210 lbs but with the feet and hands of a skilled player, there's too much there to not see him picked in the first round (bottom 15 somewhere).

Doomsday Device 05-04-2011 10:56 PM

I was very impressed with Ritchie at the Under 18's. He was 3rd among Canadian forwards in scoring and led all forwards in shots on goal. I agree with the poster above that I'd be surprised if he didn't go in the 1st round now with his strong second half and tourney play combined with his physical tools and skillset.

First 25 games: 6-4-10 -11
Last 24 games: 15-16-31 +10

JawandaPuck 05-15-2011 10:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tormentor (Post 33056402)
(ISS Rankings)
Name#Aug#Sep#Oct#Nov#Dec#Jan#Feb#Mar#Apr#May
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins6222221111
Adam Larsson2333312222
Sean Couturier1111144433
Gabriel Landeskog11664433344
Douglas Hamilton-1010111189755
Mika Zibanejad30-----271496
Jonathan Huberdeau-----1913987
Ryan Murphy8945665568
Ryan Strome---12957679
Oscar Klefbom-1316-----2610
Sven Bärtschi----262426211211
Duncan Siemens1011118878101112
Joel Armia171915671112131013
Nathan Beaulieu27------231314
Rocco Grimaldi--3030232516182515
JT Miller---------16
Mark Scheifele--------2917
Connor Murphy-2627------18
Jonas Brodin--------3019
Mark McNeill---27151620151420
Jamie Oleksiak------25191521
Niclas Jensen22----1010111622
Alexander Khokhlachev-211318141514161823
Brandon Saad77795911121924
Victor Rask3557101424282025
David Musil44914131315172126
Ty Rattie19--25302021222327
Matthew Puempel128810121828302728
Zack Phillips--------2829
Brett Ritchie-25-------30
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Tyler Biggs2830--28126817-
Daniel Catenacci232324-2929172022-
Dmitrij Jaskin--29191617192424-
Myles Bell--231517231825--
Colin Jacobs---2627282226--
Scott Mayfield---2221222327--
Joachim Nermark292426----29--
Nick Shore13-----29---
Tomas Jurco14141417222630---
Vladislav Namestnikov92021201921----
Matthew Nieto182222212027----
Rickard Rakell-----30----
Robbie Russo25-251318-----
Maxim Shalunov-16182424-----
Shane McColgan1517192325-----
Seth Ambroz5121216------
Patrick Koudys-292828------
Adam Clendening21151729------
Boone Jenner161820-------
Scott Harrington-27--------
Alan Quine-28--------
Michael St. Croix20---------
Garrett Meurs24---------
Anton Zlobin26---------

Welcome back to the first round Mr Ritchie.

walker33 05-16-2011 10:11 AM

amazing wrist shot is all i have to say..ive personally had him shoot on me and his wrister is unreal

Felkov 05-16-2011 10:27 AM

Ryan Clowe ?

Joe Hallenback 05-16-2011 10:37 AM

Always reminds me of James Neal

arsmaster 05-16-2011 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe Hallenback (Post 33071201)
Always reminds me of James Neal

THIS!

byeyimini 11-04-2012 04:03 PM

A 5 goal game today, I figured this guy's thread deserved a bump. He must have had quite a game against the Pete's.

Hale The Villain 11-04-2012 04:14 PM

9 goals in the last two games :amazed:

Eternal Sunshine 11-04-2012 04:18 PM

Theo - Strome - Ritchie is tearing the OHL a new one currently.

LatvianTwist 11-04-2012 04:21 PM

Strome to Dallas soon? :sarcasm:

Eternal Sunshine 11-04-2012 04:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LatvianTwist (Post 55521253)
Strome to Dallas soon? :sarcasm:

if anything it'd be Ritchie to NYI as his two linemates are both drafted by the Isles!

LatvianTwist 11-04-2012 04:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eternal Sunshine (Post 55521389)
if anything it'd be Ritchie to NYI as his two linemates are both drafted by the Isles!

Doubt anything happens, but it's fun to speculate. Not sure what we'd want for Ritchie, especially considering our glut of wing prospects.

Eternal Sunshine 11-04-2012 04:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LatvianTwist (Post 55521431)
Doubt anything happens, but it's fun to speculate. Not sure what we'd want for Ritchie, especially considering our glut of wing prospects.

haha, yeah I'm just messing around. I think NYI is quite attached to Strome, though. They seem to have a thing with guys from Mississauga going on.

Tavares and Boyes are both from there, and the Isles website has Moulson listed under North York. I think they are looking to build on that.

MetalGodAOD* 11-04-2012 04:59 PM

9 goals in 2 games.. damn.

byeyimini 11-04-2012 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hale the villain (Post 55521007)
9 goals in the last two games :amazed:

o-m-g !!!

PWJunior 11-04-2012 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eternal Sunshine (Post 55521605)
haha, yeah I'm just messing around. I think NYI is quite attached to Strome, though. They seem to have a thing with guys from Mississauga going on.

Tavares and Boyes are both from there, and the Isles website has Moulson listed under North York. I think they are looking to build on that.

Yeah, the whole Mississauga connection is interesting. It's all about keeping Johnny happy since he is the franchise. To add to that, I don't think it's a coincidence that Brandon DeFazio (AHL) was signed by the Isles this past year who is from Oakville, ON. Hmm, that town sounds familiar. ;)

Another interesting tidbit is that they all work out together in 'The Dungeon' during the offseason - Tavares, Strome, Moulson, Matt Martin, DeFazio. With Strome's development right on track, I don't see why the Isles would deal their heir apparent for the #2C spot.

Don't know much about this kid Ritchie, is he another Justin DiBenedetto type? Dibo put up some great numbers on Stamkos' wing back in Sarnia.

Canuck71 11-04-2012 05:46 PM

Where was this goal production in Sarnia?

PWJunior 11-04-2012 06:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Canuck71 (Post 55524163)
Where was this goal production in Sarnia?

It can't hurt that Ritchie is skating on a line with Strome who is known as a premier playmaker.


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