Ryan: Bruins fans, it’s okay to admit that Nick Ritchie has been great so far in 2021

Twitter is an … *interesting* forum, to put it lightly.

Even though it remains to be seen when exactly fans will be given the green light to return to TD Garden, perusing the various channels of social media at least give us some insight into the pulse of Boston’s fan base and their gauge on the product put forth out on the ice.

And, for most of the last five months, the feedback has oftentimes been less than stellar when Nick Ritchie has factored into the discussion.

Bruins fans are as passionate as they are stubborn in their convictions — and the verdict seems to have been already doled out by many when it comes to what Boston has in its trade-deadline pick last February.

Even upon tweeting something as pedestrian as line rushes during skates at Warrior, there stood a good chance there’d be some derision declared in my replies regarding Boston’s third-line trio of Charlie Coyle, Craig Smith and … well, you know who.

Of course, first impressions mean quite a bit — especially in the world of sports — and just about everything that could have gone wrong went wrong when it came to Ritchie arriving on the scene 11 months ago.

Acquired from the Ducks in a one-for-one swap for Danton Heinen, Ritchie struggled to gain traction in Boston’s middle-six out of the gate — albeit in just seven total games.

Ritchie with David Krejci:…

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