Ryan Fitzgerald

by Mike Drover on June 7, 2017

Ryan Fitzgerald - Photo Courtesy of espn.com

Ryan Fitzgerald, C/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 176

Born: 1994-10-19

Hometown: North Reading, MA

Drafted: 4th round 2013 (120th overall)

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 - While Ryan Fitzgerald enjoyed relative success in college hockey, scoring 132 points in 152 career games for the Boston Eagles, he did not have the same scoring touch when he reported to the Providence Bruins. After signing a two-year ELC with the Providence Bruins at the end of last season, Fitzgerald suited up for eight regular season games and recorded only two assists. However, he did show signs of life in the playoffs, scoring five points and going plus three in 13 appearances. Ryan doesn't have the size to make it as a bottom line player so he needs to be putting the biscuit in the basket. While he's small, he is known to be a highly skilled player and there is more room for his type in today's game. Coming in at 5-11 and 185 pounds, Fitzgerald will really have to dazzle with his offensive skills to be considered one of the Bruins upper echelon prospects. Mike Drover

 

December 2015 - Fitzgerald is off to a hot start in his third year at Boston College. Fitzgerald has 21 points in his first 14 games and has grown into a leadership role with the Eagles. In the best-case scenario, Fitzgerald may become the next Johnny Gaudreau - the two were teammates at BC, have a similar body size and both are immensely talented. But that is likely a few years off for Fitzgerald, though his progress so far does show great progress. Michael Boeckler

 

September 2013 - Buzz in the scouting world started picking up around Fitzgerald for the 2013 draft after he picked up MVP honors at the All-American Prospects game.  His small frame (5-10/170lbs) was a concern to scouts and he dropped to the fourth round where the Bruins took a flyer on him. Fitzgerald has excellent hockey intelligence and vision, a very responsible, sound defensive player; he owns very good playmaking ability as well, making him a strong two-way player. He also is good on draws despite his lack of size. It’s hard to bet against a kid like Fitzgerald making the NHL because he’s a smart kid who’s been around the game his whole life and knows what it takes to make the show, thanks to his Dad Tom, a 17-year veteran and current assistant general manager to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Over a point per game player this past season in the EJHL, he will play for Boston College this fall where he can develop his game, put on some bulk and scouts will get a better gauge on what type of player he will be at the next level. At the earliest we could see him in the NHL in 2015-16 season but probably later than that on a full-time basis, giving him a couple years at BC then a few seasons in the AHL. Top end potential has him as a second line center, putting up 60 points a season. - Keith Duggan

 

June 2013 – The son of former NHL Captain Tom Fitzgerald (Nashville Predators), Ryan Fitzgerald is a small forward with a huge work ethic. Fitzgerald's hockey bloodlines run deep with his dad, cousins Keith Tkachuk (STL, USA HHOF), Jimmy Hayes (CHI) and Kevin Hayes (CHI) After scoring 14 goals and 30 points for the Valley Jr Warriors, Fitzgerald took home EJHL Rookie of the Year honors. Fitzgerald turned a lot of heads at the first annual All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo where he showcased his tireless attack and crafty puck skills. Fitzgerald is especially creative in possession of the puck and exudes elite levels of confidence. The Boston College commit has some intriguing upside and a team in the second round will certainly look closely at Ryan Fitzgerald. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

A more realistic outlook for him is a bottom six-forward, good defensively, strong penalty killer who kicks in the rare point, just like his Dad was.

 

 

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Ryan Fitzgerald 2013 NHL Combine Interview:

 

 

 

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