Nick Ritchie didn’t have an ideal start to his time as a Leaf. In fact it was pretty bad. His contract looked like it would haunt the Leafs. His first 19 games had two points. Two assists. In addition to that the he looked out of place and straight up confused at times playing in the Leafs system. He was gifted an opportunity of starting out with Marner and Tavares, then Marner and Matthews, and then he started sliding down the lineup card. Interestingly enough as Ritchie slide down the lineup his results finally began to improve, some thanks probably need to go to Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds for giving him the boost. Now we’re looking at a player who has six points (including his first goal as a Leaf) in his last 10 games.
A quick look at Ritchie’s time in Boston shows the production drop offs aren’t out of the norm for him. When he was brought over to the Bruins he had just 2 points in his first seven games, and if you include his eight playoff games he had with the Bruins that season, he had 3 points in 15 games to start his time there.
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation