is he another Dan Cleary in the making? with 4 goals in his last 3 games, he's already surpassed his career highs in goals and points, and with Iginla's injury he's really taking advantage of his increased ice time and looks like a legitimate scoring threat lately (which isn't so foreign as he was a 50+ goal scorer in junior)
so is this just another flash in the pan or will we see one more league journeyman bloom into a quality forward thanks to the new NHL?
but seriously... the guy has scored at every level but the NHL then completely re-defined his game just to stay in the NHL... now given an opportunity he is producing... i think it would be smart for the flames just to keep ritchie playing on the 2nd line... possibly even when Kobasew returns
It's probably right to reserve judgment, but I remember thinking he had some good offensive instincts and ability with the puck to be a contributor offensively earlier on in his career.
I think in this 'new NHL', seeing players coming out of the woodwork to provide offense will continue to happen. More emphasis is being placed on skill, and NHL teams are still in a state of change to find the right formation in a lineup. I don't think the traditional two scoring lines, one checking line (that can, ideally, contribute offensively), and one energy line is going to be the norm anymore.
Rather, I expect something of Detroit's four lines where the fourth line is more of a kid line, to be the new norm.