Brett Ritchie - Sarnia Sting
6'3 - 190 lbs
Ritchie has the potential to be a top notch power forward. The self described mucker and grinder who likes to use his bodysaid he had to change his game prior to the Ivan Hlinka tournament and did just that. And the goals went in for him, scoring 4 in the first 3 games of the round robin.
Last season as a rookie for the Sting he scored 13 goals and added 16 assists in 65 games. In 2008-09 he played for the Toronto Marlboros minor midgets and had 36 goals and 33 assists for 69 points in 71 games so he has offensive ability.
Sting GM Dave McQueen had this to say after Ritchie's rookie season: "We didn't expect him to step in and be a 50-goal guy. But we thought he could be a good, tough, two-way player and he didn't disappoint us.
He's an average skater with average speed. Ideally with his height, if he could play at 225 - 235 without losing anything he has now, he could make a very good power forward in the NHL.
Oh, and he won't back down from a challenge either.