With the Bruins in the middle of their bye week and the trade deadline just a month away, it’s time to take stock of some of the top prospects in Boston’s pipeline — whether it be down with Providence, in juniors or across colleges.
Just as a note - this top 10 list will not include any younger players that have already logged 30 or more games at the NHL level, which eliminates a few shoo-ins such as Ryan Donato and Anders Bjork. Alright, let’s get started.
10. Ryan Fitzgerald
Weight: 172 lbs
Current organization: Providence Bruins (AHL)
2018-19 stats: 36 games, 7 goals, 19 assists with Providence
You’d have to wonder, had Fitzgerald not gone down with an injury in early January, would he have earned a call-up to the NHL over Peter Cehlarik? He was certainly making a good case for himself, with the North Reading native earning a trip to the AHL All-Star Classic after tallying 26 points over 36 games in his second full season with Providence. (He has since been replaced by Jordan Szwarz for the AHL All-Star Classic due to injury).
He may not be flashy — and his stock as an NHL prospect would likely be higher if he was but a bit taller (5-foot-9) — but there’s no doubting that Fitzgerald has been a productive forward wherever his hockey career has taken him — whether it be with Providence or over four years at Boston College (132 points over 152 games). He might be a bit of a tweener such as Austin Czarnik, but in an NHL that continues to emphasize speed and smarts, you’d have to think that Fitzgerald will carve out a spot on a NHL roster at some point.
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9. Jakub Zboril