Last Saturday, USA Hockey hosted their inaugural All-American Prospects Game, showcasing US born players eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. 2013 Boston College commit Ryan Fitzgerald skated away with MVP honors, posting three assists to lead all players in points. Fitzgerald finished at plus two, won 10 of 14 draws, and also led all skaters with four penalty minutes.
From Chris Peters' United States of Hockey:
Ryan Fitzgerald - F – Valley Jr. Warriors (EJHL) — With three assists on the night, Fitzgerald was the statistical leader of the AAPG. His feed to Hudson Fasching on the game’s first goal was his best of the night, showing patience and vision while setting the table perfectly for the big forward. Fitzgerald was also solid on faceoffs, winning 10 of his 14 draws. Fitzgerald actually grabbed one of his assists by setting up Seth Jones’s goal with a clean win on the draw to the Dman. Fitzgerald has good wheels and puck skills, but his size will give scouts pause. If he can put some strength on his frame, his skill-level is upper-mid-round worthy.
Peters' concerns about Fitzgerald's size may be well founded; NHL's Central Scouting lists him as a B prospect. But as far as his time on the Heights is concerned, the 5'9.5", 168 pound Fitzgerald may turn out to be the next in long line of BC smurf-sized dynamos. If he can continue to perform on a big stage, his skill, and his NHL pedigree as the son of 17 year NHL veteran Tom Fitzgerald, will take care of the rest.
Frank Vatrano, who left BC last week, suited up opposite Fitzgerald and added an assist of his own, finishing at plus one.
Lastly, USCHO named senior Patrick Wey as number nine in their list of ten defensemen to watch this season.