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The Player: Nick Ritchie is a huge winger who will be a power forward at the NHL level. He's 6'2", 226 pounds, according to the NHL Combine invite list, and with his skill, Ritchie is a unique player in this draft. He scored 39 goals and 35 assists in 61 games with the Peterborough Petes.
What Makes Him Valuable? The combination of size and skill is very appealing to NHL teams. Brock Otten from OHL Prospects tells the story:
We're talking about a 6'3, 230lbs winger who can lead the rush across the blueline. That's a special player. He's not a plug. Ritchie has the hands and skill to match everything he's capable of physically. And we haven't even talked about how effective he is without the puck, as a steamroller on the forecheck. He hits and he hits hard. Bottom line is you're looking at a throwback power forward.
Where Does He Get Picked? Ritchie is ranked No. 8 overall by Kyle Woodlief of Red Line Report in his May ranking at USA Today. Ritchie's skill set is unique, so he could break into the top five overall.