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Talking Points: Boston Bruins Prospects Fall to New Jersey Devils

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Here are some Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils Prospects in Buffalo on Sunday afternoon:

GOLD STAR: After looking inconstant on Saturday, 18-year-old Swedish rookie Fabian Lysell lived up to his talent on Sunday. It’s still clear that Lysell needs to get stronger and needs to work on his game off the puck as most players his age most certainly do, but the speed and the skill level was much more dominant against the Devils. Lysell had shifts where he really just took over in the offensive zone with his speed, and he assisted on all three goals including a slick dish to Jesper Froden for a one-timer where Lauko, Lysell and Froden played the tic-tac-toe game on the man advantage. It’s pretty clear at this point that Lysell will be best served by playing junior hockey this season, but it was also promising that the young winger got better as rookie camp wore on.

BLACK EYE: Injuries have popped up for a number of Bruins hopefuls with Victor Berglund, Jordan Greenway and Josiah Didier all looking like they are going to be injured to begin NHL training camp for the Black and Gold. Beyond that, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney also said that Charlie Coyle will be limited to start training camp coming off knee surgeries, a less-than-ideal development given that the competition for the No. 2 center spot is expected to be one of the main storylines at NHL training camp.

TURNING POINT: The Boston Bruins were never truly out of it as the 4-3 final score would attest, but they also had some real challenges with defensive zone coverage against New Jersey’s top prospects as Dawson Mercer, Alex Holtz and Nolan Foote combined for seven points in Sunday’s game for New Jersey. Brady Lyle, in particular, seemed to struggle for the Bruins prospects as he perhaps focused a bit too much on offensive aggressiveness at the sacrifice of some of his defensive responsibilities.

HONORABLE MENTION: Once again veteran 26-year-old Swedish winger Jesper Froden was one of the stars in a tournament full of youngster and hopefuls. He notched another pair of goals in Boston’s 5-2 loss to the Devils and once again looked very dangerous finishing off plays on the power play. Froden is coming off his first 20-goal season in the Swedish Elite League and was impressive during the world championships, so this is probably his best chance at carving out an NHL gig given his age, experience and skill level. All in all, it was a nice little showcase for what Froden hopes to bring to the table and the entire weekend gives the B’s some optimism that the Swedish winger may be able to help the NHL club this season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 – the number of goals on the weekend for Jesper Froden, who dominated as he probably should have given his age and experience level in a prospects tournament.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It was exciting to see him today get even more comfortable, when you see him in the open ice, being able to create offensively. He’s got some areas, in traffic, and some things that he’s going to have to be aware of, and defensively. All are things we believe we can teach those young players as long as they are willing and receptive to learn. But he’s got the skill set that’s pretty unique for us to be adding to our group and to be excited about.” –Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney on Fabian Lysell’s first NHL experience at Boston Bruins rookie camp.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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