Nick Ritchie
Nick Ritchie
22-Year-Old Left WingLW
Anaheim Ducks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Commits to five hits in loss
LWAnaheim Ducks
November 10, 2018
Ritchie (upper body) went minus-2 with five hits in Friday's 5-1 home loss to the Wild.
ANALYSIS
Upon his return from a six-game injury layoff, Ritchie was not bashful in asserting his physical will on the opposition. However, it's disappointing that he went minus-2 and only managed one shot over 15:08 of ice time in the loss.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:06
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:07
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
12:59
0:34
0:03
2017–18
13:11
0:26
0:21
2018–19
14:06
1:10
0:07
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2014
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 stud...as long as he’s more Lucic than Nathan Horton.
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Put on injured reserve
LWAnaheim Ducks
Upper Body
October 31, 2018
Ritchie was placed in IR on Wednesday, per the NHL media site.
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Not in lineup Tuesday
LWAnaheim Ducks
Upper Body
October 30, 2018
Ritchie (upper body) won't play Tuesday versus the Flyers, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
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Questionable against Flyers
LWAnaheim Ducks
Upper Body
October 30, 2018
Ritchie (upper body) is questionable to play in Tuesday's clash with Philadelphia, Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports.
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Ruled out Sunday
LWAnaheim Ducks
Upper Body
October 28, 2018
Ritchie (upper body) is listed as an injured scratch for Sunday's home game against the Sharks, according to the NHL.com roster report.
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Diagnosed with upper-body injury
LWAnaheim Ducks
Upper Body
October 25, 2018
Ritchie sustained an upper-body injury during Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Stars.
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