|6’2”||187||Jan 21, 2005||C||R||2nd 2021||A Prospect||Canada|
|2019-20||SCTA U-15||Oakville Rangers||30||20||39||59|
Projected on most draft boards coming into the season as a top-10 pick, Calum Ritchie was selected by the Oshawa Generals as a point producer with the second overall pick at the 2021 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection.
Despite being talented and having all the tools to be successful at the next level, the production isn’t where it was expected to be this year and he has probably been passed by other players in public rankings to date. His offensive numbers are good, just not great.
Ritchie has decent size, is strong on his skates and has excellent puck protection skills. His skating is technically sound, has good first step speed and average top speed, very good on his edges but is at his best when he’s going north. He has excellent vision and is capable of making a pass where one isn’t apparent. He has an excellent shot as well but could play a little more selfish.
I think Ritchie’s strongest attribute is his hockey IQ. He thinks the game at a very high level and makes his decisions quickly and they are usually the right decisions. It’s his hockey smarts that make him a top-notch three zone player. He has excellent anticipation skills and an uncanny ability to keep the opposition to the outside.
Ritchie has the tools to play at the NHL level, especially when it comes to the three-zone play. But he’s going to have to raise his offensive output in the second half of the season if he’s going to remain a potential top-10 pick.