Ryan Fitzgerald
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Ryan Fitzgerald

Hometown:

North Reading Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-10-19

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

4th round (120th overall), 2013

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Ryan Fitzgerald skated for Malden Catholic High School in Massachusetts as a freshman. In 24 games he scored 17 goals with 30 assists. He participated in the Beantown Spring Classic and in USA Hockey's National Team Development Program evaluation camp. Fitzgerald committed to playing college hockey at Boston College in 2013-14.

2010-11: Fitzgerald was the second-leading scorer for Malden Catholic as a sophomore and represented the USA in the 2010 U17 Five Nations Tournament in Switzerland. Playing on a line with leading scorer Mike Vecchione and Brendan Collier he scored 28 goals with 44 assists in 24 games as Malden Catholic captured the Super 8 Title; finishing 20-2-2. Fitzgerald was one of three players with seven points for the gold medal USA squad in Switzerald – trailing only leading scorer Zach Stepan (3 goals, 5 assists) – finishing with 2 goals and 5 assists in four games.

2011-12: Fitzgerald was the second-leading scorer for Malden Catholic as a junior behind Collier as the Lancers captured their second straight Super 8 Title. He led Malden Catholic with 31 goals and had 20 assists in 19 games. Fitzgerald had an assist in the championship game as the Lancers defeated Boston College High, 3-1.

2012-13: Fitzgerald played for the Valley Junior Warriors in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, foregoing his senior season at Malden Catholic, and was the lone non-USHL player to skate for the USA team at the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge. He scored 14 goals with 16 assists in 26 games and had 50 penalty minutes. The Warriors reached the playoff quarterfinals and in six games Fitzgerald scored 3 goals with 3 assists. He was the second-leading goal scorer for the champion USA squad at the WJAC, scoring 4 goals in four games. Fitzgerald also was named the MVP at the 2012 All-American Prospects Game for his three-assist performance. Fitzgerald was ranked 56th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

A small offensively gifted forward who projects to be a top-six forward down the road, Fitzgerald will need a few years to develop his game at the NCAA level before turning pro. Boston College coach Jerry York has a knack for developing undersized forwards however, so Fitzgerald will be in good hands developmentally.

Future

After a stellar career at Malden Catholic and a year in the EJHL, Fitzgerald takes his talents to Boston College. Fitzgerald will play at the NCAA level for most if not all of his eligibility.

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