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[#11] Voting -- HFStars 2012 Top-20 Prospects -- [#12] Discussion
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08-01-2012, 01:15 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: The Periphery
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Would you say you saw him more in Sarnia or Niagara?
I'll admit I'm not going to spend the money to watch OHL games here in Texas, but I listened to quite a few of his Niagara games in the playoffs. I saw two on replay on the NHL Network. I'd definitely trust your first hand account over mine, but it sounded like in Niagara the laziness left his game. He was very impressive in the two games I actually was able to watch though.
It just seems like the things that plagued him in Sarnia were not in his game that I saw with Niagara. He was a hard worker and a determined third line checker. Watching Niagara last year was a ton of fun because of how deep they were. Based on the guys graduating, and Ritchie's reports out of development camp, I think he could very well be poised for a breakout offensive season.
I get the feeling I'm discounting the poor play in Sarnia probably more than I should. I don't know the exact circumstances of that team, but something was off. If it was Ritchie pouting ... that's not a good thing.
I saw him more in Sarnia but I saw him at least 4 times when he played for Niagara, and he looked better but lets be honest every player looks better playing for that Niagara team. Dougie Hamilton looked like a generational defensemen in the making when he played for Niagara.
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