Brett Ritchie
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Brett Ritchie

Hometown:

Orangeville Ontario

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-01

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

2nd round (44th overall), 2011

Weight:

209 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Brett Ritchie played for the Toronto Marlboros in the GTHL. Chosen in the first round, 12th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Sarnia Sting.

2009-10: In his OHL rookie season, Ritchie played in 65 games for the Sting. He scored 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points. Ritchie played for Team Ontario at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 2 goals and adding 1 assist for 3 points in 6 games.

2010-11: In 49 games for the Sting, Ritchie scored 21 goals and added 20 assists for 41 points to go along with 47 penalty minutes. Ritchie played for Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists for 7 points in 7 games.

2011-12: Ritchie returned to Sarnia for a third season in the OHL after attending Stars camp. After scuffling a bit with the middle-of-the pack Sting, and missing ten games with a hip injury Ritchie's offensive production picked up following a trade to powerful Niagara in early January. He scored 8 goals with 7 assists and was an even plus/minus with 30 penalty minutes in 23 games with Sarnia. Joining the powerful Ice Dogs, which finished first in the Central Division and featured a handful of high draft picks, Ritchie scored at a point-per-game pace – finishing with 16 goals and 40 assists in 30 games with a plus-27 plus/minus and 24 penalty minutes. Niagara reached the OHL finals and Ritchie scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was an even plus/minus with 16 penalty minutes in 20 playoff contests. He scored all three of his playoff goals on the power play.

2012-13: Ritchie made his pro hockey debut as a 19-year-old, joining Dallas AHL affiliate Texas following the OHL playoffs, and played for Canada in the 2013 World Junior Championship. In five regular season AHL games he scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +3. The Texas Stars finished first in the South Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Ritchie played in nine playoff games and was -2 with 2 goals and 2 penalty minutes. He was an assistant captain and the second leading scorer for Niagara in his first full season with the IceDogs. He scored 41 goals with 35 assists and was +35 with 40 penalty minutes in 53 games. Niagara lost to Oshawa in five games in a first round series after finishing fourth in the Central Division. In four playoff games Ritchie scored 1 goal with 3 assists. He played six games for fourth-place Canada at the WJC and was +3 with 1 goal and 3 assists. Canada lost to host Russia in the bronze medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Big winger that moves well and has very good offensive instincts.  Can use his body effectively when he has the puck on his stick.  Has a good shot that can sneak up on goaltenders.  Sort of a Jekyll and Hyde type player in his young career due to injuries.  The dedicated Ritchie can be a force at both ends and exhibit big physicality and quality puck control.  The casual Ritchie can often disappear for long stretches and stick to the edges of the rink.  If his determination and work rate stay as high as they were during the second half of the 2010-11 season, Ritchie could be a fairly dominant player – otherwise, he could be a fairly dormant player.

 

Future

 

 

Stars prospects earned playoff experience despite Dallas missing cut

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Alex Chiasson - Dallas Stars

Photo: Rookie pro Alex Chiasson was sidelined by injury after a great debut in Dallas. Upon his return during the AHL playoffs, other injuries in the Texas lineup forced him to make the difficult shift to center (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Despite a resolute late push by the now-younger Dallas Stars in the regular season, they were unable to clinch a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season. And once again, upheaval was afoot. The Stars sacked head coach Glen Gulutzan after two seasons but not before canning general manager Joe Nieuwendyk as well. Conversely, at the minor league level, the Texas Stars enjoyed a very successful regular season and won a playoff round.

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Dallas Stars organization locked and loaded in mid-season Top 20

by Mike Farkas
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Jack Campbell (left) and Jamie Oleksiak - Dallas Stars

Photo: Goaltender Jack Campbell (left) and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak remain the top two prospects in the Stars' pipeline. Oleksiak is one of several young guns who have seen time in the Dallas lineup this season (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Despite a bit of flux in recent years from ownership on down, the Dallas Stars have made it a point to restock their organizational depth with quality prospects. They continually bolster one of the better prospect stables in the league and have a great mix of talent and player types that can fill virtually any role that opens up in the organization in the near future.

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Productive forwards the strength of Dallas Stars’ junior prospect pool

by Mike Farkas
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Gemel Smith - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Center Gemel Smith has been a key contributor in every situation this season for the Owen Sound Attack, one of the OHL's top teams. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

 
Despite some major graduations from the junior ranks in recent years, the Dallas Stars pipeline continues to churn mightily, especially at forward. The Stars feature some of the finest forwards in their respective leagues including Brett Ritchie and Radek Faksa in the OHL and Matej Stransky out west. The impressive amount of professional-level depth that the Stars have at forward will soon be augmented by these recently-drafted prospects that could fill a variety of roles within the organization. On the back line, Troy Vance is the lone junior prospect for Dallas and his progression has been that of race-winners – slow and steady. In all, the Stars have eight prospects at the major junior level.

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Brett Ritchie named OHL Player of the Week

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Brett Ritchie - Niagara Ice Dogs

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie lit up the scoreboard for the Niagara Ice Dogs this past week on his way to Player of the Week honors (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Niagara IceDogs’ forward Brett Ritchie is the OHL Player of the Week after scoring 10 goals and three assists for 13 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7 for the week ending November 4.

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Draft success leads to quality and depth in Dallas Stars’ system

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Cody Eakin - Washington Capitals

Photo: The off-season acquisition of center prospect Cody Eakin, pictured here with the Washington Capitals, strengthened the the Dallas Stars' organizational depth down the middle. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

 
After a series of very promising drafts, the Dallas Stars prospect pipeline is glowing radiantly as hockey seasons across the Northern Hemisphere begin to get their respective sea legs before the ponds freeze over this winter. Still lacking a stable full of blue-chip stallions, the club from Dallas can trot out an impressive lineup of high quality players at any position.

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