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03-13-2014, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by txomisc View Post
Since when does Ritchie have inferior skating?
coming with the caveat that i haven't seen him in a while (since beginning of season)...

Ritchie is balanced but plodding. no burst or acceleration. a lumbering straight line stride. Again, he has balance and he can lower his should and power around a corner, but that move won't consistently work in the nhl against bigger defenseman. If Chiasson was even a half step quicker, he would be deadly. I don't think speed is the problem with Ritchie but foot speed. He has very little.

I hope I am wrong and it is just a young age with a big body kind of thing and his dexterity just needs to catch up, but he is not quick and gets beaten to the play down low a lot. No quickness.

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