BRIGHTON, Mass – While the Boston Bruins didn’t acquire a potential top-6 winger or deal Jake DeBrusk at Monday afternoon’s NHL Trade Deadline, they do have another intriguing possibility as different hockey leagues have their season coming to a close.
Flashy Bruins forward and 2022 first round pick Fabian Lysell is wrapping up his WHL season with the Vancouver Giants, and the B’s have absolutely not ruled out that he might be able to bring some flash and dash to the NHL club at the end of the year. The 19-year-old Lysell has 20 goals and 51 points in 43 games for the Giants along with a plus-18 rating and has been regularly posting highlight reel offensive plays in the “Dub” this season thanks to blazing skating speed and elite skill level.
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He will most likely come to New England for a stint in either Boston or Providence depending on his readiness, but the Boston Bruins are ruling out nothing right now.
“After his junior season, he could join either club, to be honest with you,” said Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. “From a skill standpoint and a talent standpoint, Fabian has a lot of things that we’re excited about.
“He’s trying to do everything he possibly can to put [the Vancouver Giants] in the best spot they’re in, and hopefully continues to have a good offensive year overall, working on his habits. Hopefully they play for as long as they possibly can, and that’s where he should focus. But he’s a possibility for Providence, and here as well.”
That creates a real tantalizing X-Factor potential for the Bruins, who would otherwise be relying on youngsters like Oskar Steen and Jack Studnicka to step up and be late season factors if injuries, or perhaps an extended slump for a streak guy like DeBrusk, materialize in the Stanley Cup playoffs where depth is always tested across the board.
Lysell’s last Vancouver Giants regular season game is April 16 and they are trending toward not qualifying for the playoffs at this point.