Player Profile: Ben Riche

NAME: Ben Riche

TEAM: Prairie Storm (SBAAHL)

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’10/154lbs

POSITION: Center

HAND: Left

DRAFTGEEK RANK: 44TH


SKATING: 4 SKILL: 3.75 SHOT: 3.75 SMARTS: 3.5 PHYSICAL: 4.25

STRENGTHS:

  • Non Stop Motor
  • Aggressive Forechecking
  • Nose for the Net
  • Strength and Speed
  • Turnover Creator

AREAS TO IMPROVE:

  • Diversify Attack
  • Consistency
  • Too Perimeter at Times
  • Passing at Top Speed

Riche is a true power forward with a nose for the net who produced 71 points this past season. Riche is a very hard working non-stop motor type of player and skates with good top speed and fast feet. He is very aggressive getting in on the forecheck and is a major pain for every opponent on the ice. He blows by defenders wide and attacks the net with purpose and speed. Riche plays more of a power game but has a good skill set that he can play a finesse game with also. He has a good shot with power and a pretty quick release that is dangerous from all areas. He has good size and likes to throw around and forces the puck carrier to get rid of it long before they want to. Riche has a good hockey IQ and uses it well to read plays as they develop in every zone and plays off his line mates well. He is going to be a steal machine and likely one of the best 200 foot forwards in the league.