The Ducks have signed left wing Nick Ritchie to a three-year entry-level contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ritchie, 18 (12/5/95), has collected 73-75=148 points with 246 penalty minutes (PIM) in 165 career games with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Selected by Anaheim in the first round (10th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Ritchie set OHL career highs in goals (39), assists (35), points (74) and PIM (136) last season. The 6-2, 226-pound winger led Peterborough in points, goals, power-play goals (11), points-per-game (1.21) and PIM (136). He tied for the sixth-longest goal streak in the OHL last season at six games (7-3=12) and also became the third player in team history to score five goals in a game during a six-point (5-1=6) performance on Feb. 7 at Kingston. He added 5-5=10 points in 11 OHL Playoff games, leading the Petes in scoring and goals, and ranking tied for second in assists.
A native of Orangeville, Ontario, Ritchie helped Team Canada win gold at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship and 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He also was a member of Team Ontario, which won bronze at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
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