The Boston Bruins have locked up their 2021 first round pick Fabian Lysell.
Less than a month after the Boston Bruins drafted speedy and skilled 18-year-old Swedish winger with the 21st overall pick at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft on July 23, a report surfaced out of Sweden Monday that the team had signed Lysell to an entry-level contract. Later in the day the Bruins confirmed the reports and announced they signed Lysell to three-year contract with an AAV of 925,000.
Stick tap to Friend of BHN, CEO of BNG Productions, and host the Black and Gold Pod for translating the original report to English here:
Per Johan Svensson (@MrMadhawk) first round selection in the 2021 #NHLDraft Fabian Lysell has signed an entry-level deal with the #NHLBruins and has left the SHL Lulea club for the smaller sheets in North America.
I’d expect official news about the contract signing soon.#NHL pic.twitter.com/iYVZKO2V1x
— Mark Allred (@BlackAndGold277) August 9, 2021
The flashy 5-foot-11, 172-pound forward had two goals and three points in 26 games for Lulea in the Swedish Elite League but shined at the recent Under 18’s with three goals and nine points in seven games for Sweden.
In the end – unlike in 2015 when they passed on current Mathew Barzal due to attitude issues – the Boston Bruins decided that Lysell’s game-breaking skill was simply too much to let immaturity get in the way.
“[Lysell] has the speed, he has the skill, he has the ability to shoot the puck past the goaltender,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said after the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. “And some game-breaking ability that was hard for us to pass up.”
On the night he was drafted by the Boston Bruins, Lysell described himself as ‘a dynamic’ player.
“I think I’m a dynamic player,” he said. “I like to challenge opponents with pace, and I like to be in those dangerous scoring areas.”
Lysell was not able to participate in the recent Boston Bruins Development camp because at the time camp began a week ago, he had not yet been vaccinated against COVID. It is not known if the Swedish prospect has since received a COVID vaccination shot. If he has, one would have to assume that he will take part in training camp for the Boston Bruins next month.