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Player Review: Nick Ritchie
By Richard Gonzalez
Nick Ritchie and the Ducks could not reach a deal in the offseason; therefore, he would miss the entire preseason and six regular-season games for the Ducks last season. Ritchie and the Ducks would come to terms on Oct. 18, 2018.
Ritchie played in 60 games with the Ducks and scored 31 points (nine goals and 33 assists), which include two game-winning goals and seven power play assists. He would only register 123 hits. A decline from his 221 hits in the 2017-18 season. He did have a career-high in points (31) and penalty minutes (82) this season. He was in the Ducks top five in points production.
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Ritchie had a pretty good season with the Ducks. Especially for missing camp, pre-season and a few games of the regular season. However, his physical play took a decline. Ritchie is a power forward and his role is to not only produce points but to use his physical play to create more chances. I would like to see Ritchie hit the 20 goal mark for this season and get 40 points for this season. I also would like him to take away time and space from the opposing players by using his physical presence but not to take those bad penalties.
Last season, I did not know what to really expect from Ritchie but besides his lack of physical play, he did pretty well for the Ducks. It seems like he saved all his frustration for the last game of the season when he got 18 penalty minutes against the Los Angeles Kings.
I will give Ritchie a B for his last season’s performance.
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September 30th, 2019