Ducks send ’14 1st-rounder Ritchie back to junior, release Yip from PTO

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The Anaheim Ducks sent a slew of prospects and veterans home from camp on Monday.

Nick Ritchie, the big-bodied forward taken 10th overall at this year’s draft, was returned to his OHL team in Peterborough while prospects Stefan Noesen (21st overall, 2011) and Nic Kerdiles (36th overall, ’12) were assigned to AHL Norfolk.

Louis Leblanc, the 18th overall selection in 2009, was put on waivers for the purpose of also going to Norfolk.

On the veteran front, four longtime NHLers — brendan Bell, Steve MacIntyre, David Steckel and Brad Winchester — are headed to the Admirals as well while Brandon Yip, who spent last season in the Coyotes organization, has been released from his professional tryout.