NEWCOMER – Byron Ritchie

Junior Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

Notable Teammates: Bryce Salvador (St. Louis)

Best CHL Season: 106 points in 66 games

NHL Draft: Hartford Whalers 1995 Round 7 #165 overall

Previous Teams: Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames

Best NHL Season: 14 points in 60 games

Ritchie is now considered an agitator and a tough player to play against.  But he seemed to have a considerable scoring touch in the juniors and even at the AHL level, scoring 55 points in only 43 games back in 2002. 

But he needed to change his game to stick in the NHL and its that game that led Nonis to sign him to fill out the bottom six forwards. 

The Chief Canuck

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