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Sunday, June 12, 2011

NHL Combine video: Brett Ritchie hopes to take advantage of rising stock

Sarnia power winger Brett Ritchie had a tough season in terms of injuries and a bout with mononucleosis that derailed his hopes of cracking the top-30, but he rebounded well with a solid performance for Team Canada at the World Under-18 championship in April.

At the combine, the talk among some NHL scouts was that Ritchie has secured a place in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft and has some potential to be much more than he's shown in his OHL career thus far.

Doesn't do enough banging and physical work to be considered a true power forward in the eyes of some. Strong on his skates and can be a force when driving hard to the net. Has a very nice shot that he uses effectively given his size and strength.

Given that NHL clubs are always on the lookout for players of Ritchie's caliber and upside, he looks to be the kind of guy who will just be settling into his seat on the draft's second day when he's summoned down to the floor to meet with his new team. Late first-round isn't out of the question, but is a longshot for him. However, once you get past pick 30, all bets are off.

Ritchie's wait won't be a long one.

Here is our combine video on him:

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