It’s only been four games so let’s cut Nick Ritchie some slack

It’s only been four games so let’s cut Nick Ritchie some slack

One thing I’d never want to do is take away one of the most fun elements of sports and that is overreacting to things in the moment. And last night while Auston Matthews was buzzing in his return it certainly was noticeable that Nick Ritchie didn’t really seem to have an idea of how to play with a center like Matthews. I think a big part of that was because last night was the first night that Nick Ritchie had the opportunity to play with Matthews. Or really even Tavares for that matter. It’s going to take some time, and putting it together in four games might be a little much.
To understand why Ritchie might be struggling it’s worth looking at who his most common centers were at his last two NHL stops. In Boston Ritchie was primarily playing with David Krejci, much more of a pass first center, and in Anaheim he was playing with Adam Henrique, who was a bit more of a balanced shooter/playmaker center, but on the same skill level as the previously mentioned centers. After Krejci, Coyle was the next most common center for Ritchie, and really it’s …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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