NHL Draft 2014: Anaheim Ducks select Nick Ritchie with No. 10 overall pick

Dave Sandford

The Anaheim Ducks have selected forward prospect Nicholas Ritchie with the No. 10 overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Anaheim Ducks have selected forward prospect Nicholas Ritchie with the No. 10 overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Ritchie, 18, has spent the last three seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. Selected by Peterborough with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2011 OHL Draft, Ritchie has amassed 148 points, the majority of which came last season when he registered 74 points in 61 games (39 goals and 35 assists). Listed at 6'2, 226 pounds, Ritchie is described as a prototypical power forward who combines the physical side of the game with its beautiful counterpart.

Ritchie acted as part of Peterborough's leadership group in 2013-14, being named an alternate captain. Having only played in 41 games the year before, Ritchie was able to double his point total this past season, setting career highs in every category.

Praised for his quick feet and big body, Ritchie finished ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect in the ISS year-end evaluation of North American skaters:

Ritchie possesses great upside as a prototypical power forward at the professional level. He loves to use his size and big frame to crash and bang. He is most effective when he is involved physically. Ritchie can be a true puck hound and is a good fore checker. Staying healthy this season was a big boost to his confidence which resulted in an impressive 39 goal campaign. Ritchie can win battles and make plays. His game is still evolving with tons of upside on the offensive side of the puck. His high level of production in junior probably will not translate to pro but he does have the potential to contribute offensively at the next level.

Ritchie has represented Canada on multiple occasions and was a member of the 2012-13 U18 World Junior Championship team, as well as the Hlinka Memorial Tournament team.

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