Ryan Hitchcock – The Next Ones: NHL 2014 Draft Prospect Profile

Ryan Hitchcock THW Close-Up:

Date of birth: 3/30/1996

Place of birth: Manhasset, New York

Ht: 5’9″     Wt: 172 lbs

Shoots: Left

Position: LW

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2014

Twitter: @ryanhitch21

THW The Next Ones Rankings (January 2014): not ranked

Ryan Hitchcock (Photo Credit: Tom Sorensen)
Ryan Hitchcock (Photo Credit: Tom Sorensen)

Other Rankings:

THW War Room Rankings (April): not ranked

Future Considerations: not ranked

Craig Button: not ranked

CS Final Rankings for North American skaters: 131


Ryan Hitchcock is a small player, but you wouldn’t know it by the way he plays the game. The kid is all effort every shift. He even has a nice chippy aspect of his game that gets into the heads of other players. Hitchcock is a shifty winger that has a knack of finding his teammates in the offensive zone. He has great vision and finished the year with the NTDP with 37 assists.

He chips in offensively around the ice and has very soft hands and dangling abilities. The New York-native also has the speed to get back into the play and stop opposing players in their tracks. Without a big frame, Hitchcock has learned to be a great positional winger. If he were just a few inches taller he’d be discussed as a possible 1st or 2nd round pick, but I’m certain he will get drafted in late June regardless. Hitchcock will be attending Yale University in the fall and has plenty of time to grow his game to fit the NHL’s style.

Where Will He End Up In June:

I think Hitchcock gets selected in the 4th or 5th round of the draft.

Scout’s Honor:

“Hitchcock is a hardworking, strong skating, mature two-way forward. While he does not have elite offensive skills he does handle the puck well and makes a strong pass. He also has impressive hockey sense and instincts that allow him to be a difference maker. (November 2013)

Aaron Vickers – Future Considerations

“At 5-9, 171, Hitchcock is one of Team USA’s smaller forwards, but size is hardly a concern. With 35 assists this season, Hitchcock was one of the better distributors on the team, ranking third on the squad in that category. He has a bit of an edge in his game, too, which allows him to get to the tougher areas of the ice and still be a factor. He’s another guy that has to really support scoring depth.

Chris Peters – United States of Hockey


International Tournaments:

Ryan Hitchcock played twice for Team USA. He won a bronze medal (U17) and a gold medal (U18).


Gersich commits to UND

Interview with Hockey’s Future after winning gold


3-4 years

Risk/Reward Analysis:

Risk: 2/5   Reward: 3/5

NHL Potential:

2nd or 3rd line two-way left winger who can be a playmaker on the powerplay


Plays with an edge


Drives the net



Two-way play

Offensive instincts

Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:

Could use a few extra pounds to be successful in the NHL

Fantasy Hockey Potential:

Offensive: 6/10    Defensive: 5/10

NHL Player Comparison:

– NHL comparison: Vladimir Sobotka


THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph