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The Case for Ryan Fitzgerald: Why he Deserves a Chance to crack the B’s Roster

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The 24-year-old is Providence’s leading scorer this season, and yet has never made it to the big leagues. Should he be given the opportunity?

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When Bruins fans think of prospects that should receive the okay to be called up, the name Ryan Fitzgerald seems to never come to mind.

And frankly? It should.

Since joining the B’s organization in 2013, Fitzgerald has spent two full seasons with the Providence Bruins, strongly improving his game. Last season, Fitzy tallied 37 points (21 G, 16 A) in 65 games. The winger is set to break his career high this season as he already has 26 points (7 G, 19 A) in 34 games played.

Despite Fitzgerald’s small 5’9 stature, he can play a very physical game. Last season, he used his speed and physicality to fight to the net and score one great goal for Providence. Complimenting that is a high hockey IQ, great vision on the ice, and a strong defensive game. Not only can he make plays, but he can score goals and keep the other team from scoring as well.

With the many injuries the Bruins have had, and the bottom-six constantly being shuffled around, it’s absurd that Providence’s leading scorer hasn’t been recalled. The Massachusetts native is tenacious and productive and could provide strong play on the third or fourth line. With players like Heinen and Bjork who haven’t produced much, Fitzgerald deserves a chance.

Take a look at some of his other goals from last season below.

He may not be as flashy nor as intriguing as some prospects in the system, but he has the capability to be a solid player for the Bruins by just doing the right thing with poise and skill. Fitzgerald is one of the more matured prospects in the Bruins system, being in his sophomore season with Providence, he knows what to expect from the pro game and is continuing to prove every day.

His NHL debut may have to wait though. Mark Divver reported Sunday that Fitzgerald has been listed as week-to-week with an arm injury.

The 24-year-old may be a better option than Colby Cave at this point for the B’s. Through 20 games this season with the Bruins, Cave has tallied five points. Fitzgerald could probably have better numbers if given the chance.

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Do you think Ryan Fitzgerald deserves a shot on the B’s roster?

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  • 80%
    Yes
    (363 votes)
  • 7%
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    (33 votes)
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