The Boston Bruins have officially sent winger Fabian Lysell to the WHL. General manager Don Sweeney already stated previously that Lysell would play for the Vancouver Giants this season. Thus, it’s not a surprising transaction in the slightest. However, even with this being so, the 18-year-old was able to participate in two preseason games as a Bruin and looked very good.
In his first game against the Washington Capitals, Lysell was held off the scoresheet, but he looked comfortable. Keep in mind, this was his first-ever taste of NHL action. Yet, he seemed very confident when carrying the puck and did manage to have three shots on goal. He was quite noticeable compared to the other prospects playing for Boston that night.
Therefore, it made sense that the Bruins elected to let him play the following game against the New York Rangers as well. Boy, did the B’s make the right call doing this. Lysell’s skill was fully showcased in this tilt. This was most evident when he beautifully set up Jack Studnicka’s goal. These two seemed to have instant chemistry together, and one has to wonder if they could be linemates in the future. That is something that Bruins are certainly hoping for.
Lysell had a good preseason with the Boston Bruins, but this is the right move
Truthfully, I would have loved to be able to see Lysell play another game or two this preseason. Yet, perhaps it’s a good thing that he’s leaving after a strong performance. Bruin fans will remember his contributions in a positive manner and be very excited when he gets another chance to showcase his skills with the NHL club. Furthermore, he should carry that over to the WHL.
For now, though, it’s understandable that Lysell is heading to juniors. He is still a young kid who will benefit from working on his craft a bit more. Last season, Lysell played in the Swedish Hockey League with Luleå HF. In 26 games, he scored two goals and added an assist.
This was his first taste of professional hockey of any kind. Also, with him not dominating the scoresheet, it makes sense that he should not be thrown into the NHL right away. The NHL is far more competitive league than the SHL.
Furthermore, when looking at the Bruins’ forward depth, Lysell would have had a very hard time winning a permanent spot on the club. At right wing, the Bruins have David Pastrnak, Craig Smith, Nick Foligno, Curtis Lazar, and Chris Wagner.
The last two are also fighting for the final fourth-line spot, which makes sense given their styles of play. Thus, there was simply no room for Lysell even if the team wanted him to play immediately. However, that also would have led the team to rush him. That would have been very risky for his development.
Yet, the 21st overall pick from this year’s draft has such a bright future ahead of him. It will not be surprising to see him light up the WHL this season, which in turn, will only heighten his confidence. The Bruins are absolutely hoping this occurs, as they would benefit from having another potential top-six right winger later down the line. This is especially the case with many of their core members getting older.
Nonetheless, Lysell deserves praise for his preseason run with the B’s. It’ll be fantastic when fans are able to see him again. Until then, good luck in Vancouver, Fabian!