Nashville,TN: Less than a month after winning the Memorial Cup in Quebec City, Michael Richards had another dream come true when Bob Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers called his name in the first round (24th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
“It’s just a great feeling right now. I’m so excited,” Richards said. “My whole game plan is to try and play physical, play with a lot of intensity, game in and game out. That’s what I try to do. I think that will fit in well with Philadelphia.”
“He’s one of those players that does everything,” Clarke said of Richards. “He’ll kill penalties, he’ll block shots, he’ll take faceoffs – he’s just a great young player. Each team has their own opinion of players, but we never felt that he would fall that far in the draft to get to our table.”
Last season the Kenora, ON native led the Rangers in scoring with 37 goals and 87 points in 67 games. Richards added another 27 points (21 games) in the OHL playoffs and 5 more points (4 games) in the Memorial Cup.
In two years with the Rangers Richards has put up impressive numbers scoring 57 goals, 88 assists for 145 points in just 132 regular season games played.