Ryan Fitzgerald

Boston Bruins
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Fantasy Summary

Top nine scoring forward. His willingness to play physical game will make him a reliable checker as well.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 19, 1994
Height 5‘9”
Weight 172 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 4; Overall: 120

Observations

January 2019 – Fitzgerald was named to the AHL All-Star game as the lone representative from the Providence Bruins. Serving as a reward for his impressive season, Fitzgerald is certainly deserving of this nomination as he has managed 26 points through 36 AHL games, including 72 shots on goal. He is currently recovering from a wrist injury he suffered in early January, but the expectation is that he will return in time for the All-Star festivities. If he continues his solid play in Providence, there remains a chance that he receives a call-up to make his NHL debut with Boston this year. Chris Mazza

 

December 2018 – Fitzgerald has continued his impressive play for Providence and currently paces the team with 23 points through 29 games. He has taken a step forward as a playmaker this season, having already matched his assist total from 2017-2018 in 36 fewer games. His shot generation and consistent production have been the key to his breakout this year, however, he also sports a minus-10 rating, tied for second-worst on the team. Boston may end up summoning Fitzgerald to make his NHL debut at some point this season, but look for him to seriously contend for an NHL spot as early as 2019-2020. Chris Mazza

 

November 2018 – Fitzgerald has gotten off to a solid start in Providence and is currently tied for second on the team in scoring with nine points through 14 games. He paces the team with 35 shots and with eight points on the man advantage, he is only three behind his total power play production from last season. He does sport an ugly minus-10 rating, however, this could have more to do with Providence’s last-place position in their division than Fitzgerald’s on-ice performance. Even with his good start to the year, Boston’s forward depth makes an injury recall Fitzgerald’s best shot at NHL ice time in 2018-2019. Chris Mazza

 

September 2018 – The undersized Fitzgerald was sent down to Providence as part of Boston’s final cuts this year. He has impressed with his work ethic and offensive touch, despite his small stature, and should be given every opportunity to improve from his first pro season (37 points in 65 AHL games). He is a high-volume shooter (142 SOG – fourth on Providence last year), but only managed four goals on the power play. Look for his offensive opportunities and production to increase in his second pro season, with a potential mid-season call-up to the NHL not out of the question. Chris Mazza

March 2018 – After giving Bruins fans a tease of his skill in the AHL playoffs last spring, Ryan Fitzgerald has shown the offensive touch that made Boston choose him in the fourth round in 2013. He’s a small player, but he drives the net well, and creates his own space and scoring chances by not shying away from the rough stuff. His progression this season makes him look more like a keeper who could see NHL ice sooner rather than later. Sid Osmond

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Malden Catholic High USHS-Prep 24 17 30 47 - |          
 2010-2011 Malden Catholic High USHS-Prep 24 28 44 72 - |          
 2011-2012 Malden Catholic High USHS-Prep 19 31 20 51 - |          
 2012-2013 Valley Jr. Warriors EJHL 26 14 16 30 50 | Playoffs 6 3 3 6
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 8 1 0 1 8 |          
  USA U19 WJAC-19 4 4 0 4 22 |          
 2013-2014 Boston College NCAA 40 13 16 29 22 |          
 2014-2015 Boston College NCAA 38 17 8 25 54 |          
 2015-2016 Boston College NCAA 40 24 23 47 47 |          
 2016-2017 Boston College NCAA 34 12 19 31 56 |          
  Providence Bruins AHL 8 0 2 2 2 | Playoffs 13 1 4 5
 2017-2018 Providence Bruins AHL 65 21 16 37 45 | Playoffs 3 2 0 2
 2018-2019 Providence Bruins AHL 40 7 21 28 18 |          

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