The Boston Bruins have been rightfully criticized for their lack of high-end prospects in their draft and development system lately, but that is beginning to thankfully change for the Black and Gold. The Bruins selected speedy, skilled Swedish forward Fabian Lysell in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft last summer and he’s immediately rocketed to the top of their prospect lists after setting the WHL on fire this season with the Vancouver Giants.
Lysell has been no stranger to the junior hockey highlight reel this season and this weekend was no different for the standout Swede.
It’s no surprise that the 18-year-old Lysell has caught the eye of talent evaluators around the NHL as the trade deadline looms next month. But the Boston Bruins would be crazy to deal their best offensive prospect since David Pastrnak, who put on a show of his silky hands and overall offensive skills while dangling through Victoria defenders during a big game for the youngster.
“I saw the goalie was like laying down, so I saw the goalie was out of position and deked the first guy there and the second guy too, and just ripped the puck,” said Lysell. “Yeah, [it was] a pretty good goal.”
Yeah, not too shabby.
Silky hands for Bruins first round pick Fabian Lysell 🚨 pic.twitter.com/4cFMvlvt4W
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 26, 2022
He also nearly scored on a play where he crashed the net and popped a rebound puck while showing all of his skills on display.
— Mr. Tenkrat (@PeterTenkrat) February 26, 2022
Lysell has 18 goals and 40 points and a plus-16 in 34 games for Vancouver this season and has really upped his production and dominance level in the second half of the year while getting accustomed to the North American rinks.
It goes without saying that under no circumstances should the Boston Bruins even consider dealing an emerging talent like Lysell when that’s exactly the kind of electric skill and skating game that’s needed at the NHL level with David Krejci gone to the Czech Republic and top forwards like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand entering their twilight years with the Black and Gold.