Ritola, Mattias

NHL Game Night: 10/16/10 Lightning at Panthers

If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? If the Panthers score six goals at their home opener... well... you get the point.

TB-0
FLA-6

Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 15 shots for the loss before being lifted for Mike Smith who allowed 3 goals on 23 shots the rest of the way. This loss was on the skaters, though.

First Period
01:50 FLA Stillman (1), McCabe (1), Dvorak (1)
14:25 FLA Booth (1), Matthias (1), Olesz (2)
15:13 FLA Reinprecht (1), Bernier (3), Santorelli (2)
18:15 FLA Wideman (1)(PP), Weiss (1), McCabe (2)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
07:49 FLA Booth (2), Olesz (3), McCabe (3)
17:25 FLAR Olesz (2), McCabe (4), Booth (3)

The Lightning may have been a little tired, or they may have been a little too pleased with themselves. Either way, they re-learned the valuable lesson that in the NHL, if you come out flat, you can get embarassed by anyone in the league on any given night. The good thing is that it's one of eighty-two games. Dallas Stars on Monday. Turn the page.

Mattias Ritola was -3 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:14. That +/- number looks terrible, but I thought he looked good in the offensive third and was one of the few Lightning players with any jump.

Michael Vernace was -1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:33. If I were Vernace, or Dana Tyrell, I'd be sweating bullets. There are a lot of players down in Norfolk playing some damned good hockey.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Mattias Ritola

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
218
Born: 
03/14/1987
Age: 
24
Hometown: 
Borlange, SWE
Acquired: 
Claimed off waivers from Detroit on October 5, 2010
Last Team: 
Norfolk (AHL)
Projects As: 
Potential scoring line winger

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2005
Drafted By: 
Detroit Red Wings
Round: 
4
Pick No.: 
103
Draft Team: 
Leksands Jrs (SWE-2)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
05/19/2010
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$516 667
Contract Start Year: 
2010
Contract End Year: 
2013
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$500 000
Salary: 
$525 000
Salary: 
$525 000

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

Has sound fundamentals and some scoring upside. Is a pretty good playmaker who is also responsible in the defensive zone. Can play either wing position.

Weaknesses: 

Lacks ideal size for the NHL game, and as a result can get knocked off the puck too easily. Isn't a natural goal-scorer and doesn't drive the net enough.

Projection: 

Potential scoring winger.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2002-2003 DalarnaTV-Pucken8 6 511 8|        
  Borlänge HFDivision 125 6 1420 4|        
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr6 1 12 18|        
 2003-2004 Frölunda HC J18J18 Allsvenskan11 4 1115 35|Playoffs7 2 79 12 
  Frölunda HC J20SuperElit24 7 411 8|Playoffs5 0 11
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr3 0 11 2|        
 2004-2005 Frölunda HC J20SuperElit9 2 68 6|        
  Leksands IF J20SuperElit18 8 1018 14|Playoffs5 1 12
  Sweden U18WJC-187 1 34 8|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr16 3 69 10|        
  Sweden U19 (all)International-Jr4 1 01 2|        
 2005-2006 Leksands IF J20SuperElit14 4 26 16|        
  Leksands IFSHL30 0 33 10|Kvalserien SHL8 0 00
  Sweden U19 (all)International-Jr4 1 01 18|        
  Sweden U20WJC-206 2 24 2|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr11 2 57 12|        
 2006-2007 Leksands IF J20SuperElit12 5 712 16|        
  Leksands IFAllsvenskan23 1 45 4|        
  IFK ArbogaAllsvenskan3 1 01 2|        
  Borlänge HFDivision 111 4 610 14|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr7 1 45 12|        
 2007-2008 Detroit Red WingsNHL2 0 11 0|        
  Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL72 7 1522 62|        
 2008-2009 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL66 15 2742 32|Playoffs8 0 22
 2009-2010 Detroit Red WingsNHL5 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL73 19 2342 50|        
 2010-2011 Tampa Bay LightningNHL31 4 48 11|Playoffs1 0 00
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL17 9 1827 8|Playoffs4 1 45
 2011-2012 Tampa Bay LightningNHL5 0 00 6|        
  MODO HockeySHL35 7 1320 30|Playoffs6 1 12
  SwedenEHT2 0 11 4|        
  Sweden (all)International2 0 00 4|        
 2012-2013 MODO HockeySHL50 11 1324 12|Playoffs5 2 13
 2013-2014 MODO HockeySHL38 7 1118 26|Playoffs2 1 01
 2014-2015 MODO HockeySHL10 2 24 12|        
  Leksands IFSHL42 10 2232 18|Relegation3 0 44
 2015-2016 Skellefteå AIKSHL33 9 2332 16|Playoffs16 5 813 10 
  Skellefteå AIKChampions HL2 0 00 2|        
  SwedenWC8 0 11 2|        
  Sweden (all)International8 0 11 2|        
 2016-2017 GottéronNLA8 0 44 4|        
  GottéronChampions HL4 0 33 2|        

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