At times, Nick Ritchie has completely dominated OHL games this season. The massive Peterborough Petes winger is quite literally a man-child.
At 6'3" and more than 225 pounds, he has toyed with opponents on myriad shifts in his OHL career.
It remains to be seen how he will develop at the pro level. However, his game has reminded me of Ryan Getzlaf's in junior hockey, where the Anaheim Ducks star was so physically dominant that it looked too easy.
Ritchie may not develop to the elite level that Getzlaf has, but his ability to dominate shifts bears resemblance to Getlaf's junior days.
The Orangeville, Ontario native has a great shot and will push for an NHL spot next season. Here's another feature I wrote for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey that focuses on the Petes star.
Ritchie has a lot of edge to his game and enjoys punishing opponents physically and on the scoreboard. If he continues to develop as a professional, he could be an elite power forward to challenge the NHL's best on a nightly basis.
Stats courtesy of HockeyDB.com.