SaultSteMarieThe Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have acquired Nick Ritchie from the Peterborough Petes in exchange for two players and draft picks. Ritchie is a recent World Junior gold medalist and a Anaheim Ducks first round draft choice. It had become apparent his time in Peterborough was running out back in October when Ritchie was first made available. Ritchie is the most highly sought after player leading up to this Friday’s trade deadline. 

To Peterborough:

– 2nd Round Pick (2015, Plymouth)
– 3rd Round Pick (2017)
– 2nd Round Pick (2019)
– 2nd Round Pick (2020)
– Kyle Jenkins

To Sault Ste. Marie:

– Nick Ritchie
– Connor Boland

Because Ritchie had been away at the world junior tournament, a trade could not be completed until Jan. 6th, after he had returned.

Yesterday, Ritchie spent some time in Peterborough with his teammates following his return from Toronto with the gold medal but none of the discussion was about a trade. He was talking about his time with at the tournament and having some fun with his then teammates. All while in the back of everyone’s mind, everyone knew this was a possibility.

Ritchie’s year in Peterborough has been underwhelming to say the least. Sitting at 32 points in 25 games played, that’s good enough for 47th in the OHL. His year has been overshadowed by multiple off ice incidents as well, which seems to be a constant in Peterborough. He’ll head to Sault Ste. Marie where he can start fresh and hopefully make a good run at the league championship.

The Peterborough Petes weren’t going to let Ritchie walk for free, they stated they wanted bodies back and the priority was not to gain a boatload of draft picks. And while this trade completes pretty much the opposite of that, the Petes are getting a solid players in Jenkins, Jenkins, plays defense, is a draft pick of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes

Connor Boland will effectively bolster the Greyhounds blue line. The overage Boland, has managed to put up 33 points in parts of 5 seasons, all spent with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes.

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