Boston Bruins Leave Nick Ritchie Unprotected for the Expansion Draft

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Boston Bruins forward Nick Ritchie had a career high in goals scored with 15 last season. He did most of his work on the power play scoring five goals. Despite being one of the Bruins top forwards last season, he will be left unprotected for the upcoming expansion draft. 

The 25-year-old Ritchie came to the Bruins back in 2020 from Anaheim. The Bruins traded Danton Heinen to add more physicality to their lineup. In seven games following the trade he scored one goal. Ritchie was quiet in the postseason with Bruins last season as well. 


Ritchie had a strong season with his career high in goals. His offensive play was a surprise to fans. Ritchie did the most work for the Bruins while on the power play. 


With the Seattle Kraken set to draft their roster on Wednesday, the Bruins have to turn in their list of protected players. 


Ritchie was on the bubble as well as Jake DeBrusk who was putrid this season. The Bruins are expected to protect DeBrusk because they’d like to shop him this offseason. If the Bruins leave DeBrusk unprotected, he will undoubtedly be selected by Seattle. 


Ritchie will be an restricted free agent and is expected to net a salary of $1,498,925. If the Bruins lose Ritchie to the Kraken, they can fill his role within the roster. 


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