Bruins prospect Fabian Lysell still isn’t sure what his 2021-22 plans are just yet.
It does, however, seem that a North America stay is on the horizon for the Black and Gold’s top pick from the 2021 NHL Draft.
Signed to an entry-level contract last month, there’s been talk of Lysell following The David Pastrnak Path circa 2014 and jumping right into the pro game with the P-Bruins. If that doesn’t work, Lysell could join the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, the team that selected him with the No. 30 overall pick in the CHL import draft in 2020. Lysell has already been out to Vancouver this summer to get himself acquainted with the organization, so that’s an option that’s clearly on the table.
But for Lysell, it all starts with the ongoing rookie camp and 2021 prospects challenge in Buffalo, and with a message from the B’s brass ahead of the high-ceiling, all-skill winger’s first real jump into this kind of game.
“I think the message for Fabian is just take in as much as you can,” P-Bruins coach Ryan Mougenel said. “Be inquisitive. There’s a lot of great hockey minds around here to share. And one thing I’ve even known as a coach coming in here, is there’s a lot of tools [and] a lot of players willing to use those resources for everybody to get better.”
Playing for Lulea HF in Sweden’s top league as an 18-year-old this past season after beginning the year with Frolunda’s junior team, Lysell put up two goals and an assist in 26 games, and also put up three goals and six assists seven games on the way to a bronze for Sweden’s U-18 squad at the Under-18 World Junior Championship. It was the kind of experience that’s given Lysell that open mind Mougenel wants to see him bring to rookie camp and a potential NHL training camp run with Boston.
“I think it’s just a big honor to be here, first and foremost,” Lysell said. “I’ll just try to acclimate myself to this level and this rink and try to be curious, learn new stuff every day, and take it from there. I’m kind of open for everything right now.”
“I think the beauty for him is he’s come to an organization where the leadership group is so strong, and he has a lot of resources here to lean on, which is important for a young player,” Mougenel offered. “He’s only a 2003 [birth year], and sometimes when you’re thrown into the mix like that, we forget. We get excited about the player.
“And it’s tough when you’re a young player and maybe it’s not in your DNA to be inquisitive, but I think that’s a message that’s been sent to him: Ask questions, rub shoulders with some of these people that understand what goes into being a pro, and take it day-by-day. You’re not making the team on the first practice or the first inter-squad game. Just take it day-to-day, see where it goes, and gain as much as you can.”
Mougenel also noted and stressed the need for players to invest in themselves and put themselves in the best spot to grab a potential opening to further their own development. That’s something Lysell believes he’s done this summer, even with an unknown landing spot in front of him just two months after joining the B’s organization.
“I’ve been working hard during the summer, especially off ice,” said Lysell. “Feel like I’ve been getting faster and stronger. Want to put that into game situations and see where that takes me.”
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.