Brett Ritchie (RW)
Enters his first full professional season in 2013-14. Ritchie was drafted by Dallas in the second round (44th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and signed a three-year entry level contract with the Stars on July 11, 2012. He made his pro debut with Texas and scored his first career pro goal on his first shot, in his second shift, on April 5, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City. He recorded his first career pro assist on April 7, 2013 at San Antonio. After missing the final four regular season games due to injury, Ritchie returned to make his Calder Cup Playoff debut and scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Milwaukee on April 26, 2013. He played four seasons of major junior hockey for the Sarnia Sting and the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League. In 217 career OHL games, Ritchie scored 188 points (98 goals, 90 assists) and had 171 penalty minutes. During his third season in Sarnia, on January 5, 2012 he was traded to the Niagara for Guelph's 2012 2nd round pick, Peterborough’s 2014 2nd round pick, and Niagara’s own 2013 2nd and 5th round picks. Ritchie was teammates with Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and helped lead the IceDogs to the 2011-12 OHL Central Division regular season title and the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship, but Niagara lost to the London Knights in five games in the 2012 OHL Finals. He represented Canada at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, helping Team Ontario win a silver medal, losing to the United States 2-1 in the gold medal game; his team was the only team of five regional Canadian teams to reach the semifinals. Ritchie played for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championships in Germany, helping Canada reach the semifinals before losing to the USA (the eventual gold medalists) 5-4 and then falling to Russia in the bronze medal game 6-4. He again represented his country at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, helping Team Canada go 4-0 and win Group B, but lost to the USA (the eventual gold medalists) in the semifinals and then fell to Russia 6-5 in the bronze medal game.