BRIGHTON, Mass – The Boston Bruins made some more cuts from training camp on Thursday morning as they continue paring down numbers with four exhibition games still remaining on the preseason schedule. The Bruins returned first round pick Fabian Lysell to the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and third round pick Brett Harrison to the OHL’s Oshawa Generals so both could get into the swing of training camp with their respective junior teams.
Harrison wasn’t able to get into any NHL exhibition games after doing a solid job at Boston Bruins rookie camp, but Lysell made a big impression with a couple of strong, dynamic performances in preseason games against the Capitals and Rangers. After collecting a handful of shot attempts and getting his nose dirty against Washington with some scrums around the net, Lysell pulled off a slick pass in transition to notch the primary helper in Jack Studnicka’s goal in Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers.
18-year-old Fabian Lysell gets into a scrum in his preseason debut with the Bruins. pic.twitter.com/N7Dw2IcA84
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Jack Studnicka makes it a 2-1 game.
Nice feed from Fabian Lysell. pic.twitter.com/juh3xeK1tP
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The speedy, skilled Lysell clearly got better as his comfort level rose over the course of both rookie camp and NHL camp and should be headed back to junior hockey with a positive NHL training camp experience under his belt.
“We want him to go and excel offensively and get used to the North American style of game,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “Particularly for him [it will be] attacking and building his offensive game. Systems will change no matter where you play, so for him it’s about getting comfortable playing in traffic…which he seems to be. That’s the positive.
“It’s about where you score goals on a smaller ice sheet and things like that. I thought he did well. He made some plays and showed that he wasn’t timid at all in terms of attacking. So there was a lot of good there. I think it was a positive experience for him and he agreed, so just go get better [in Vancouver] and see where that takes you.”
With AHL training camp set to start on Monday, there should be another round of significant Bruins training camp cuts over the weekend as the B’s will have just a couple of exhibition games remaining at that point.