Fantasy Summary

The 18 year old Fortescue, listed at six foot two and 176 pounds, is seen as a sturdy, reliable defenseman, known for good breakout passes and the ability to exit his own zone effectively. He possesses a lot of very good tools, and has shown strong improvement over the past few seasons.


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January 2024 – Fortescue, New York’s third round pick in the 2023 draft, is in his Freshman season of NCAA hockey at Boston College. The left shot defenseman has posted five points in 23 games playing on the super-talented BC Eagles squad, loaded with NHL draftees, including fellow Rangers prospect Gabriel Perreault. Recently, Fortescue suited up for the United States team at the U20 World Championships in Sweden, where his team took home the Gold Medal. During the World Juniors, Fortescue posted four points in seven games, along with a plus- six rating, skating on the team’s second defensive pair. Brendan Ferry

July 2023  The Rangers traded up one spot to select Fortescue in the 3rd round, giving up a 2023 7th round pick in the process. A local product, growing up in Pearl River, New York, Fortescue, a former Islanders fan, exclaimed that he was thrilled to be selected by his hometown team, albeit the chief rival Rangers. Growing up, the third round selection played with Rangers GM Chris Drury’s son on the Mid Fairfield Rangers, a youth team in Connecticut. Clearly, the team was knowledgeable about and comfortable with the player, and targeted him with their second draft selection.  The left- shot defenseman will likely be in need of two to three seasons at the collegiate level before attempting to turn pro.  

Rangers scouts advocated heavily to draft Fortescue, a player that they had seen on numerous occasions, and were obviously very high on. Those within the organization who scouted him are impressed by his defensive acumen, his ability to chip in with subtle plays in the offensive end, and the fact that he can play with a physical edge, as well. The Rangers’ brass took no chances having Fortescue land at pick number 90 with the rival Penguins, so they thought it worth a late round selection to trade up one spot to be in position to draft him. The American will join first round pick Gabe Perreault with the Eagles this Fall, and, like Perreault, is a former USNTP player who also played under new NYR assistant Dan Muse. Brendan Ferry

Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type NCAA
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 28, 2005
Height 6‘2”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2023 Round 3; Overall: 90


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Connecticut Jr. Rangers Brick Invitational6 0 11 0|        
 2017-2018 Mid Fairfield Jr Rangers (PW)QC Int PW2 0 00 2|        
 2019-2020 Mid Fairfield Rangers 14U AAA14U AAA- - -- -|        
  Don Bosco Prep USHS-Prep18 1 1112 -|        
 2020-2021 Mid Fairfield Rangers 15U AAA15U AAA- - -- -|        
  Don Bosco Prep USHS-Prep- 3 912 -|        
 2021-2022 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL34 2 68 16|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP51 2 1416 20|        
 2022-2023 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL22 0 55 6|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP62 1 2526 34|        
  USA U18WJC-187 1 23 6|        
 2023-2024 Boston CollegeNCAA40 4 48 36|        
  USA U20WJC-207 1 34 6|