In the 2021 NHL entry draft, the Boston Bruins added a talented forward with their first-round pick in Fabian Lysell. The 18-year-old is not expected to be in the NHL this year. However, he is making a good first impression. With training camp and the preseason now in full swing, the Swedish native is flashing his potential.
On Tuesday, his speed and playmaking ability were on display in the Bruin’s second preseason game. With Boston trailing 2-0, Lysell found Jack Studnicka in front of the net to make it a 2-1 game. It was Lysell’s first assist of the preseason and a continuation of his strong play. Just like he did against Washington, the Bruins’ newest prospect played to his strengths and made an impact on the ice.
His performance has also earned the praise of head coach Bruce Cassidy who said, in an article written by Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now:
"“As a young guy just going in and playing his game is probably a testament to his character, and his willingness to compete.”"
Lysell has shown he won’t back down from any challenge in the first few weeks of his Bruins career. Against the Capitals on Sunday night, he found himself in the middle of a scrum after with veteran defenseman Dmitry Orlov. In the Bruins victory, Lysell attempted five shots and was not afraid of attacking the net.
Since the start of rookie camp, Lysell has shown steady improvement. His skating skills and confidence have stood out as the Swedish native has come as advertised. With a full year of junior hockey and top six- reps on the horizon, Lysell can continue to improve his skills. While some growing pains are expected, he has not been flustered by the increased expectations.
On Thursday, Lysell’s time with the Bruins, for now, came to an end. The talented winger was sent to the Vancouver Giants. With the Giants, he will get more playing time as he inches closer to calling the Garden home. He is a player that will be watched closely in junior hockey after an impressive two-week stint that provided optimism for the Bruins’ future.