David Rittich

Calgary Flames

Fantasy Summary

NHL Goaltender


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 9.8
Country CZE
Position G
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 19, 1992
Height 6‘3”
Weight 200 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

Jan 2019 – This has to be what Flames brass hoped for. With Mike Smith in a huge decline the opportunity presented itself to David Rittich. He has improved his side to side reads and gives the Flames strong outings after his workload has increased. He’s not the quickest goaltender and he’s not the most flexible, but he’s brought steady and passionate efforts night in and night out. He’s the starter on a very good Flames team. – Joel Henderson

Nov 2018 – Rittich has begun the 2018-19 season by going 5-1 with a 1.91 and 0.935 s%. He is just coming off his first shutout as well. The question going into the year was if he would win the job over Jon Gillies. Now the question is, can he overtake Mike Smith in a 1A/1B option? With Smith continuing to struggle, it will just increase the regularity of Rittich starts. – Joel Henderson

July 2018 – CGY gave Rittich a qualifying offer. He has filed for salary arbitration. He surprised many by being the first to get an opportunity in the NHL over Gillies in 2017-18. He does not possess as much upside as Gillies but if he can show that his composure is more reliable for spot starts, he might find himself as the full time backup. One could expect that he might begin the season with CGY and if he shows struggles he would then be replaced. Training camp will be telling. Joel Henderson

Mar 2018 – Rittich has been assigned down to Stockton. It was a tale of two halves for Rittich. His first 10 appearances for the Flames he grabbed a 0.923 SV%, surrendering four goals or more only once in eight starts. His next 10 appearances he posted a 0.883 SV%, getting roughed up on four occassions. On spot starts Rittich seemed to fair well, but when pushed for a few starts in a row he had some struggles. It’s most likely a fight between Gillies vs Rittich for backup duties next year. – Joel Henderson

 

Dec 2017 – David Rittich has found success so far in the NHL. He’s started two games and appeared in three which has led to a 2-1-0 record with a 2.57 GAA and 0.913 save percentage. He’s has been pretty solid in net and certainly there isn’t a reason to send him back down to Stockton. Calgary hasn’t had many backup goaltenders over the years that could give consistent winning efforts. He is reliable on a back-to-back. – Joel Henderson

 

Nov 2017 – The 25-year-old Czech goaltender was playing for BK Mlada Boleslava when Calgary was scouting his play. He was certainly playing night in and night out and looking steady with his skillset (2.53 and 0.917%). He was brought into Calgary training camp as a curious mystery. All eyes were turned on Jon Gillies and Tyler Parsons as the future of the organization and David Rittich was a stop gap goaltender with a little bit of promise who would provide a solid tandem in the AHL. He went on to perform with top-10 AHL numbers and be a quality netminder every time he got the crease.  

David Rittich is a big goaltender who plays big. Standing straight up in the crease, he looks gigantic. His flexibility can be surpising at times too; stretching his pads out in a scramble play to make a big save. While Calgary’s system is used to flexible goaltenders who make spectacular athletic saves, Rittich relies more on his solid positioning to be consistent. A playing style comparable that fans might draw from would be Hiller opposed to Ortio. His rebound control is certainly above average and he has the ability to make a simple quiet save. If the defense does a solid job of taking away the quick side to side passes, Rittich can win you games. You’ll notice he makes a priority of hugging the post when defenders are going wide. He certainly has the ability to be solid in net as a backup at the NHL level. His numbers in the AHL and other netminders like him (Aaron Dell) have proven they can be valuable.  Joel Henderson


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2006-2007 HC Dukla Jihlava U18 Czech U18 2 1 0.00 1.000 |        
 2007-2008 HC Dukla Jihlava U18 Czech U18 4 5.77 .830 |        
 2008-2009 HC Dukla Jihlava U18 Czech U18 7 1.58 .912 |        
  HC Havirov U18 Czech U18 12 3.34 .893 |        
 2009-2010 HC Dukla Jihlava U18 Czech U18 29 2.59 .904 | Playoffs 3 2.71 .918
  HC Dukla Jihlava U20 Czech U20 5 4.95 .872 |        
 2010-2011 HC Dukla Jihlava U20 Czech U20 26 2.95 .919 |        
 2011-2012 HC Dukla Jihlava U20 Czech U20 43 2.31 .937 | Playoffs 4 2.78 .930
  HC Dukla Jihlava Czech2 1 6.00 .793 |        
 2012-2013 HC Dukla Jihlava Czech2 24 2.26 .921 | Playoffs 2 2.67 .897
 2013-2014 HC Dukla Jihlava Czech2 41 2.07 .927 | Playoffs 9 2.11 .935
 2014-2015 BK Mlada Boleslav Czech 23 3.15 .891 |        
  HC Dukla Jihlava Czech2 7 1.52 .946 | Playoffs 6 2.41 .924
 2015-2016 BK Mlada Boleslav Czech 48 2.50 .919 | Playoffs 10 3.18 .903
  Czech Republic EHT 0 - - |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 0 - - |        
 2016-2017 Calgary Flames NHL 1 3.00 .900 |        
  Stockton Heat AHL 31 2.27 .924 | Playoffs 4 2.88 .917
 2017-2018 Calgary Flames NHL 21 2.92 .904 |        
  Stockton Heat AHL 12 3.18 .889 |        
  Czech Republic EHT 2 2.05 .941 |        
  Czech Republic WC 3 1.98 .900 |        
  Czech Republic (all) International 5 1.99 .922 |        
 2018-2019 Calgary Flames NHL 34 2.66 .911 |        

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