The Ice Wolves have completed their first 'real' trade of the season, acquiring defenceman Brennan Ritchie ('92) from the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL. Going the other way is forward Johney Cormier ('92). Good luck in Steinbach, Johney! It's unfortunate to see a player with Cormier's skill heading out, but you have to give something to get something. From a statistical standpoint, the Ice Wolves picked up a valuable asset.
For a team that's so young on the back-end, especially with the retirement of David Greyeyes and an injury to Alex Vandenameele, experience is valuable. Ritchie brings just that as he already has two successful MJHL seasons under his belt.
Here are Ritchie's stats from elite prospects. Again, sorry about the headings. I'll try and sort that out, headings are (Ssn, Team, League, GP, G, A, P, PIM).
As you can see, Ritchie had some fairly impressive offensive numbers in his first two seasons. He's a little off of his traditional points per game, but there are any number of reasons for that. I would expect he'll get work on the second powerplay unit as the Wolves don't have a ton of offensive depth in their
blue-line and it would be great to have a secondary option to Brett Hope on the point.
The Ice Wolves are in Melfort tomorrow night. I'll try to get a post up in the morning, probably just a quick hit.
Talk to you then!