With their potential pool lacking dynamic gamebreakers, the Bruins opted to load up some lucrative skills by taking on Swedish right-winger Fabian Lisel in the 21st slot of the first round of the NHL Draft on Friday.
Lisel did not have great numbers after being moved from Frolunda HC’s junior team to Lulia of the Swedish Hockey League (two goals, one assist in 26 games), but scored nine points in seven matches at the IIHF World U18 Championship, making Sweden got help. Bronze medal finish.
According to various Scouting reports, the 5-foot-10, 172-pound Laisel — the ninth-ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting — can create offense for himself or his teammates with his playmaking abilities and a reliable two- One sided too. player.
The Lysel has “straight-line speed and two-stage quickness to burn,” Elite Prospects said in its rundown on the wing. “Lassell spots teammates through the layers and makes clever touches to get the puck when the time is right.”
As you might expect, GM Don Sweeney’s take on Lysel was upbeat.
“We are excited about what Fabian brings. His passion and skill combination was unique for us to recognize,” said Sweeney, who did not want to predict when he would be ready to play in North America.
Sweeney was impressed by his U18 performance.
“You saw their pockets of high capacity,” Sweeney said. “Again, there are details that all young players have to learn and imbibe with the North American style. But they have qualities that I think we have identified that the Boston Bruins need… Scoring and skill take a premium. And it’s hard to find. Fabian has a lot of features.”
Lisel said it was “a dream come true” to be chosen by the Bruins, name-checkers Patrice Bergeron and David Pasternak. He said that his style of play is to challenge his opponents at his own pace and get into difficult areas of ice where goals are scored.
He said reaching the men’s league was a learning experience.
“It’s a position that’s tough, playing against men in the SHL. It’s definitely a tough league. It’s really competitive and you have to be prepared for every game. So it’s clearly a one to do. The leap was there, but I really enjoyed it, for sure. And I think being in that environment with older people and learning from them has helped me a lot. It’s something I’ll bring to the future,” says Lisel he said.
Lysell said he hopes to come to Boston for the Bruins development camp beginning on August 2.
B’s Under Sweeney places a premium on character, which is why it was a bit tempting to see some scouts question Lysel. He is said to be overconfident and even arrogant for being asked to jump into the SHL at his age.
Leaning on the recommendation of Bee’s European scout and former Bruin PJ Axelsen, Sweeney said he was not concerned about Lysel’s character.
“Growing up is for a lot of young men and women and Fabian is no different in that regard,” Sweeney said. “He has made some real strides. We challenged him throughout the interview process and how his maturity was progressing and felt satisfied that he had made a lot of progress from being a young man and beyond. We are aware of the challenges that he faces. He has presented in certain situations, that he may not have handled as well as he could have and he has grown from it and he will be a better person than that.”
On the local front, Hingham’s Matty Benniers was ranked second overall by the Seattle Kraken, the most Massachusetts players that Buffalo took in 2015 with Jack Eichel’s second pick.
In the first round there was definitely maize and blue. Benniers was one of four University of Michigan players named in the top five picks. Sabers took first Wolverine defenseman, Benniers took second, incoming freshman Luke Hughes went to Devils in fourth, and Columbus took fifth to Wolverine center Kent Johnson.
“(The Kraken) was probably one of my favorite teams I interviewed with,” Benniers said. “I thought we had a really good relationship every time we talked, so I’m just so excited that they picked me and I’m going to be the Seattle Kraken.”
Kraken GM Ron Francis said Beniars would be a strong candidate to make the Seattle roster in the fall if he chooses to drop out of school, though it’s a conversation he needs to have.
“He’s such a great, character kid. He’s up against every challenge,” sad Francis. “With his skill set in the way he competes every day, we felt he was a perfect fit to start our franchise and set the tone of what we want to create here and establish our culture. We think he’s got a huge upside.”