Ritchie signed a one-year contract with the Stars on Friday. Ritchie was significantly more effective in the AHL this year as he notched 28 points in 35 games with Texas. The 22-year-old did make eight NHL appearances in which he tallied a long assist and seven PIM. Ritchie will need to unseat a handful of veterans on the right wing in order to crack the lineup with any sort of consistency, but the Ontario native adds some much needed depth as injuries are inevitable during an 82-game season.
Ritchie was called up from AHL Texas on Saturday. Extra insurance was needed for the forward group, as superstar Tyler Seguin (lower body) reportedly won't play in Game 2 of the conference semifinals Sunday, and winger Patrick Eaves is day-to-day with the same ailment. Ritchie has struggled to adjust to the fast-paced nature of the NHL game, posting a minus-3 rating in eight games this season. However, he could be fine long-term once he gets more experience under his belt.
Ritchie (lower body) was reassigned to AHL Texas on Sunday. The 22-year-old winger notched an assist and 15 shots on goal over eight games with the Stars but didn't really see enough ice time (11:36 average) to be worthy of consideration the large majority of fantasy leagues. With the roster essentially set for the playoffs, Ritchie will instead head to the AHL Texas club with a chance to play in the postseason there.
Ritchie (lower body) is getting close to returning to practice, Mike Heika of Dallas Morning News reports. Ritchie has been sidelined for the last few weeks with a lower body injury. He's started skating on his own recently, but has yet to be fully cleared to return to practice. With that being said, he's clearly moving in the right direction, although until he's cleared for practice, he shouldn't be considered close to returning to game action.
Star GM Jim Nill says Ritchie is unlikely to play in either game next week, reports Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. If Ritchie misses those two games, then he won't draw into another game during the regular season. After a strong showing in his rookie year, putting up six goals and nine points in 31 games, he played just eight NHL games this season. On top of the lack of ice time, the 2011 second round pick didn't show a developing game. He didn't score a goal in those eight games and managed just a single assist. It's a disappointing end to a disappointing season.
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