Nick Ritchie
Nick Ritchie
23-Year-Old Left WingLW
Anaheim Ducks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A contract dispute early in the year and injuries later on didn't stop Ritchie from having his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, posting 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in just 60 games. The 234-pounder also contributed 123 hits and 82 penalty minutes while settling into his role as the physical force on the Ducks' second line. The 23-year-old has yet to play a full 82-game schedule -- in part due to his heavy playing style -- but an increased role could make him an intriguing fantasy option this year. Expect the 6-foot-2 winger to approach 40 points, 200 hits and 100 PIM if he can stay healthy in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year contract with the Ducks in October of 2018 worth $1.533 million annually.
Dishes nifty assist
LWAnaheim Ducks
October 11, 2019
Ritchie picked up an assist and tacked on five hits in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Penguins.
The physical winger had the puck pinned against the board behind the net before sliding a backhand pass to Ondrej Kase, who buried it for the only Ducks goal of the game. Ritchie was showing off the skill that got him drafted 10th overall in 2014. He had a career-high 31 points last season, and figures to factor in the offense more this year as he holds a spot on the first power-play unit.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A 6-foot-2, 234-pound frame gave Ritchie the confidence to lead the Ducks in hits for two straight seasons, dishing out 247 and 221, respectively. His size can hold him back in the speed department, but the Ontario native makes up for it with astute positioning and puck-handling, registering 24 goals and 31 helpers over the last two years. Ritchie accomplished this while logging bottom-six minutes, but the 22-year-old will battle Andrew Cogliano for the second-line left-wing spot this year. How Ritchie would respond to facing opponents' top defenders nightly is a reason for concern, and the return of Patrick Eaves (illness) could complicate things. Ritchie's undetermined role on the team is enough concern for fantasy owners to take a wait-and-see approach.
Ritchie’s 2016-17 results need to be viewed with the proper lens. Yes, his 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 77 games look pedestrian at first glance, but the 6-foot-2, 232-pound power winger hit that value despite averaging a tick below 13 minutes per contest. Moreover, he has the attention of team brass having buried four goals -- including a pair of game-winners -- on last season’s playoff stage. Ritchie effectively uses his size to his advantage, and it results in steady production across the board. Entering his third season, Ritchie is the type of player you’ll likely want to pounce on before he becomes a household name in fantasy circles.
Ritchie, the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is a big, nasty, skilled winger who is like a dog after a bone -- he never, ever gives up in his pursuit of the puck. And he’ll go through a wall to get it. He hits, he scores and he scares the snot out of opposing defenders just like Milan Lucic does. And it’s that combination that has scouts salivating. He has struggled through injuries in junior. And his weight is a bit of an issue (230 pounds). But he’s a potential multi-category fantasy long as he’s more Lucic than Nathan Horton.
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Racks up 18 PIM
LWAnaheim Ducks
April 5, 2019
Ritchie received four minor penalties and a misconduct in the third period of Friday's 5-2 win over the Kings.
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Can't find scoresheet in return
LWAnaheim Ducks
April 3, 2019
Ritchie (upper body) posted three shots and two PIM in his return to action in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
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Good to go
LWAnaheim Ducks
April 3, 2019
Ritchie (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against Calgary,'s Dan Arritt reports.
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Expected to be cleared soon
LWAnaheim Ducks
Upper Body
March 29, 2019
Ritchie (upper body) should be cleared soon, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports.
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Not on trip
LWAnaheim Ducks
Upper Body
March 26, 2019
Ritchie (upper body) didn't travel to Vancouver for Tuesday's game against the Canucks, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
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