Ducks' Ritchie in lineup vs. Blackhawks
Kirby Lee / USA Today Sports

The 2018-19 season has officially begun for Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchi.

The left winger is in the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks after he said his visa paperwork came through on Monday.

Ritchie skated on the Ducks' top line Tuesday.

The 22-year-old was a restricted free agent who held out for the first nine games of the season. He agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported $4.6 million last Wednesday.

In a corresponding move, Anaheim placed winger Jakob Silfverberg on injured reserve. Silfverberg has been dealing with a broken finger he suffered on Oct. 14, but he's not expected to be out long term.

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Ducks' Ritchie in lineup vs. Blackhawks
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