• Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

Aussie_Wing

Mattias Ritola

Rate this topic

42 posts in this topic

After page after page of 'who is Ritola' and 'he has no toughness' when he was initally recalled, I thought it's only fitting now that he's been sent down to GRand Rapids we give him a bit of credit. He certainly didn't look out of place in the NHL and he's enhanced his reputation as having a future in this league. Didn't register any points but played strong every night; he was prepared to hit, he drove hard to the net, he had some beautiful moves that led to scoring chances and most importantly, he wasn't at all a defensive liability.

Good job Mattias on your brief stint here, hopefully you're a full time Red Wing next season. :thumbup:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The NHL.com stats page shows he hasn't play at all this year (except for his time here). Is that just a mistake or why isn't he playing?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He's been playing in GR. 32GP 8G 7A 15P -6

He did look very good in NHL action, though. He'll be back next year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ritola reminds me of a more physical Filppula 2.0.

That's like saying "a defensive Gretzky".

Anyway, he looked good, lots of potential. Now go back to the AHL, realize where you need to improve, and do so. Hope to see you next year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do too. While Filppula is no helm or Abdelkader in terms of physicality, Filppula has definitely been using his body, checking well and often initiates contact when someone is trying to check him.

Overall Filppula is looking like a seriously complete, 2 way forward. The next few years should be very exciting for him.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I liked how he shot the puck, controlled the puck aggressively, was assertive in the play, backchecked hard, and wasn't afraid to play physical... Leino should take a few pointers from Ritola

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
“He played really well, we like him a lot,†Babcock said. “He’ll play in the NHL for sure, if he wants to.â€

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/20...ias_ritola.html

I just laugh to myself when I read these types of comments from Babs. None of those words are random or lazily chosen. He has a subtle message behind all of them. I think he liked Rittola but wasn't as impressed with him as he was guys like Helm and Ericsson. The "if he wants to" part is obviously him saying he needs to keep working to get a little better and he'll have a spot. Work hard and you'll make it to the show, but you're not ready right now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wasn't convinced he was that good till I saw him live at the Avs game, he was genereating chances and making a lot of hits and playing tough in the corners

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I just laugh to myself when I read these types of comments from Babs. None of those words are random or lazily chosen. He has a subtle message behind all of them. I think he liked Rittola but wasn't as impressed with him as he was guys like Helm and Ericsson. The "if he wants to" part is obviously him saying he needs to keep working to get a little better and he'll have a spot. Work hard and you'll make it to the show, but you're not ready right now.

Disagree, I think his play was more than acceptable. The "if he wants to" comment relates to his poor attitude before he came to North America and his struggles this season. Babcock knows that it's been one knock on him throughout his career (not during his stay with the Griffins though) and so he wants to send the message that if he keeps playing hard, he'll eventually have a spot in Detroit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The NHL.com stats page shows he hasn't play at all this year (except for his time here). Is that just a mistake or why isn't he playing?

He's still a prospect. He was drafted and developed by the Wings, so if he isn't playing in Detroit he's playing in Grand Rapids.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I liked him. I've never been to big on Ritola before this year. Preferred Mursak.

But Ritola looked very good. I think he needs to move his legs a bit more and work on his scoring touch, but he could be a solid 3rd liner on this team.

Looked good Mattias, I'll see you play tomorrow in Rochester.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The NHL.com stats page shows he hasn't play at all this year (except for his time here). Is that just a mistake or why isn't he playing?

I think nhl.com only keeps current "NHL stats" player stats from games they've played in other leagues are only updated at the end of each season, so you you won't find anything in the 09/10 season from other leagues yet.

I think you'll notice the same thing from any other player splitting time between the NHL and the AHL.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was surprised by him, he looked a lot more NHL ready than I thought he would. Also has more skill than I expected. Some really nice moves and he's patient and careful with the puck, not just throwing it away.

If we have to drop Miller when guys get healthy, Ritola should be able to perform on the same level as him when called upon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He initially came in and replaced Leino, and did all the things Leino was wussing out of. Finished checks, went into hard areas, skated hard. He didn't look uncomfortable being up.

Yeah, pleased with him. Babcock's comment was just a reminder that if he keeps up his good attitude he will get up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When does Ritola have to play in the NHL full time before lose him? Is this his last year in GR or does he have 1 more to go?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

been very impressed with ritty, skates hard finishes checks and goes to the net to create scoring chances. Not afraid to go in the corners either. Looks like a solid kid too weighing in at 205 lbs, he is listed at 5-11 but he looks bigger than that. Definitely think he has a future with the wings

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Disagree, I think his play was more than acceptable. The "if he wants to" comment relates to his poor attitude before he came to North America and his struggles this season. Babcock knows that it's been one knock on him throughout his career (not during his stay with the Griffins though) and so he wants to send the message that if he keeps playing hard, he'll eventually have a spot in Detroit.

What came to mind for me was that maybe it had more to do with the experiences of Grigorenko, Ryno and probably Dick Axelsson. They simply prefer the European game. Even though Ricola has been here for a while Babs might think that he's not an NHL player until he's established himself as one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With the glut of 3rd/4th liners that we already have (Draper, Eaves, Helm, Abdelkader, possibly Maltby next season, possibly Miller re-signed, the youngsters pushing (Mursak, Tatar), and the newcomers during the off-season i don t see a roster place for him next season and possibly ever.

He was ok, but keep in mind his just average stats in AHL. This is the Wings. We won't line up forever under average skaters for ever.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I do too. While Filppula is no helm or Abdelkader in terms of physicality, Filppula has definitely been using his body, checking well and often initiates contact when someone is trying to check him.

Overall Filppula is looking like a seriously complete, 2 way forward. The next few years should be very exciting for him.

Exactly. Filppula, Zetterberg, and Datsyuk are the only players that can skate through the neutral zone with unparalleled speed into the offensive zone leading to our greatest scoring chances.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now