Malden Catholic freshman forward Ryan Fitzgerald was selected by the Youngstown Phantoms in the United States Hockey League Futures Draft on Tuesday.
Fitzgerald was chosen in the second round with the 19th overall pick by the Ohio team.
After a stellar freshman campaign at MC where he scored 17 goals and added 30 assists, the 15-year-old now has the option to leave school and play for the Phantoms.
But at least for one more year, Fitzgerald will be wearing a Lancer uniform.
“I’m so excited to get drafted,” he said, “but next year I’m probably staying [at Malden Catholic] and playing here.
“But the year after that I have no idea what I’m doing, so I would consider playing for Youngstown.”
The son of 17-year National Hockey League forward Tom Fitzgerald, Ryan found out he was selected through a text message from his dad.
While he has already committed to Boston College for the 2013-2014 season, the Phantoms will have the rights to Fitzgerald for three years should he decide to leave high school.
He may be persuaded to leave after next season though by his best friend, Matthew Grzelcyk, a star from Charlestown who plays at Belmont Hill School. Grzlecyk was also selected by Youngstown, in the fourth round with the 49th overall pick. A defenseman, he has committed to play at Boston University after high school.
“We’ve played together since I was seven,” Fitzgerald said. “So maybe we’ll go out [to Youngstown] and play together.”
Youngstown finished with a 20-36-4 record last season, last place in the USHL East Division.
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