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Bruins Prospect Is Determined To Crack The Bruins Lineup

AUG 13, 2023   |   BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
BOSTON -- In the heart of Boston, Fabian Lysell is resolute in his mission.

After navigating the peaks and valleys of a season with Providence in the American Hockey League (AHL), which culminated in a concussion during the Calder Cup Playoffs, the 20-year-old forward is determined to parlay that experience into a coveted role with the Boston Bruins.

Lysell's off-season journey commenced with unexpected constraints; the 2021 NHL Draft's first-round pick (No. 21) couldn't fully partake in the Bruins' development camp last month. He sported a non-contact jersey for the final two days of drills, an exercise in patience he believes will yield dividends.

He shared,
"I had to take it slow from the beginning, focusing on strength and conditioning. I didn't rush to push my limits right away. With a longer off-season, I've been prepping well. Now, I feel capable of pushing myself as I intend to, and things are looking pretty good."



Last season, Lysell amassed 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) across 54 games for Providence, navigating a transitional year as a professional. He oscillated between hot and cold streaks while adapting to North American play, following a stint with Vancouver in the Western Hockey League in 2021-22 (62 points; 22 goals, 40 assists in 53 games).

The Swedish-born talent embarked on the previous season with a robust nine points (two goals, seven assists) in a six-game point streak. He continued to exhibit promise, notching points in six consecutive February games (three goals, three assists). However, his campaign concluded with one goal in his final eight matches.

According to Boston's assistant general manager, Jamie Langenbrunner, Lysell's journey involves acclimating to the nuances of the North American game. He noted that the inclusion of the IIHF World Junior Championship in his schedule (resulting in no points in seven games for Sweden) presented its challenges. Nevertheless, Lysell's resilience is evident, as he learns to navigate the grind.

Lysell reflected, "Adapting to the rhythm of a full professional season was the most significant adjustment I needed to make in the AHL. By Game 60, you need to know how to manage your body, switching between relaxation and intensity. That's been my primary focus."

As the echoes of change reverberate off the ice, Lysell's on-ice strengths shine. Philip Svedeback, a fourth-round pick (No. 117) by the Bruins in the 2021 draft and a goalie at Providence College, has faced Lysell multiple times in Swedish junior hockey. Svedeback attested to Lysell's enduring prowess, noting his swift speed and quick release, accompanied by an elusive shot.

With a pivotal AHL development season and improved health on his side, Lysell stands poised to elevate his game to the next level.

Lysell affirmed,
"As training camp approaches, everyone's striving to make the team, and I'm no exception. Last year was a tremendous stepping stone for me. As I gear up for this year's camp, I'm ready to channel all my energy towards making that dream a reality."


Source - nhl
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