The Boston Bruins have announced on Friday that they have signed forward prospect Ryan Fitzgerald and defensive prospect Emil Johansson per Joe Haggerty.
As Haggerty stated, Fitzgerald is coming from Boston College, who finished the year with a record of 21-15-4.
Ryan Fitzgerald was drafted by the Bruins back in the fourth round (#120 overall) back in the 2013 draft. The 22-year-old centerman had 12-19-31 totals in 34 games this season to go along with a +14 rating. Below is an analysis of Fitzgerald courtesy of Hockey’s Future.com
“Fitzgerald is a small, offensively gifted forward. An instinctive scorer who is quick and knows how to find the open areas in the offensive zone, he uses his skating ability to avoid trouble or put pressure on opposing puck carriers. Despite his size he does not shy away from physical play — though undisciplined penalties can detract from his game at times. After making his debut in college hockey as an 18-year-old, Fitzgerald is still maturing physically and should continue to develop the supplementary aspects of his game. The Boston College program has churned out several talented forwards under coach Jerry York in recent years and Fitzgerald has the skill level to add to that legacy.”
From that in-depth write up on Fitzgerald, it seems to fit the new Bruins style that Cam Neely insisted on following the disappointing Game 7 loss in round two of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The speed of the Montreal Canadiens in that series made Neely want to become that team and change from the good ol’ tough Big Bad Bruins that we were known for. If Ryan can continue to perform this well in the NHL, he might very well get a chance to play with guys like David Pastrnak which could be deadly for any goalie.
The other prospect is Emil Johansson, drafted by the Bruins in the seventh round (#206 overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Johansson played the last three seasons in the Swedish Hockey League as a defenceman. In 49 games this past year, Emil put up 7-10-17 totals with a -1 rating. Once again, here is another analysis from none other, than Hockey’s Future.com
“Johansson is a good-sized blueliner who is only getting bigger. He has decent puck-possession instincts and can make a solid first pass. In the defensive zone he looks to cut off oncoming forwards along the boards and in the corners. Johansson will use his weight to dish out checks in front of his own goal. When he is playing cool and collective, he’s a heady player who shows a good understanding for the game. Johansson is not projected to be much of an offensive defenseman, as he tends to get into trouble when being too active or creative from a puck-rushing standpoint, even if he does have good mobility. He could shoot more from the point and seems to generally have shied away from taking too many chances.”
When it comes to Emil Johansson, he might end up being a solid stay-at-home blueliner. A hole that has been in Boston’s roster for the past couple seasons now.
Whether or not either Fitzgerald or Johansson makes the Providence Bruins roster this season, we don’t exactly know for sure. But we do know, is that the Bruins organization realizes that we are an old team now and the young guys will need to become crucial to this organization.