Nick Ritchie
Nick Ritchie
23-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
$Signed a three-year contract with the Ducks in October of 2018 worth $1.533 million annually.
Buries only shot in loss
LWAnaheim Ducks
December 31, 2018
Ritchie found twine in Monday's 2-1 overtime home loss to the Lightning.
Ritchie received a slick pass from Ondrej Kase that ran parallel to two defenders and that gave the first-round pick (2014) a wide-open look at the net. Remember, Ritchie had a late start to the season due to a contract holdout, and an upper-body injury took six more games away from him, but he's well on his way to a banner season as the owner of five goals, 12 helpers and a plus-11 rating through 26 games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Racking up assists
LWAnaheim Ducks
December 30, 2018
Ritchie posted three assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Coyotes on Saturday.
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Leads Ducks to victory
LWAnaheim Ducks
November 29, 2018
Ritchie scored two goals in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Panthers.
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Scores two points against Lightning
LWAnaheim Ducks
November 28, 2018
Ritchie notched a goal and an assist Tuesday, helping his team to a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay.
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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.
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Put on injured reserve
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Upper Body
October 31, 2018
Ritchie was placed in IR on Wednesday, per the NHL media site.
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