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Ryan Fitzgerald at 23rd on our top 25 under 25

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  • Position: Forward
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 176 lbs
  • League last year: NCAA
  • Age this year: 21
  • Acquired: Drafted 120th overall in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft

When Ryan Fitzgerald was drafted, we said this about him:

Ryan Fitzgerald, a local kid from North Reading and son of former NHLer Tom Fitzgerald, is touted by some as "the smartest kid in the NHL draft this year." Although undersized, Fitzgerald makes up for his small stature with excellent hockey sense, patience, and poise.

That sounds pretty good to me. At Boston College over the two years since being drafted, he's done alright for himself, scoring 54 points over 78 games, for a pretty nice 0.69 points per game. That's 6th on the Eagles over the last 2 years, behind Johnny Gaudreau and his linemates. It doesn't seem like he's been an elite scorer at any point, but he has reasonably acquitted himself. He's expected to spend at least another year at BC. And why not? He's already scored a highlight-reel goal or two:

Box Score:

Social Media Minute:

Ryan is so Massachusetts that it hurts.

And the list so far, as picked by you, the reader:

  1. David Pastrnak (63%)
  2. Torey Krug (47%)
  3. Ryan Spooner (60%)
  4. Zach Trotman (40%)
  5. Brett Connolly (46%)
  6. Colin Miller (21%)
  7. Alexander Khokhlachev (27%)
  8. Jesse Gabrielle (29%)
  9. Zach Senyshyn (20%)
  10. Joe Morrow (17%)
  11. Zane McIntyre (25%)
  12. Malcolm Subban (37%)
  13. Seth Griffith (27%)
  14. Danton Heinen (25%)
  15. Jakub Zboril (39%)
  16. Jake Debrusk (24%)
  17. Matt Grzelcyk (27%)
  18. Linus Arnesson (35%)
  19. Brian Ferlin (25%)
  20. Brandon Carlo (22%)
  21. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (16%)
  22. Rob O'Gara (22%)
  23. Ryan Fitzgerald (17%)

Who's going to be 24?