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EDMONTON, AB - Could Swedish winger Fabian Lysell's name be on the Edmonton Oilers NHL Draft list?
Gifted with a toolkit featuring explosive offensive skills and strong defensive capabilities, the talented Lulea HF forward is an exciting prospect to consider ahead of the 2021 selection ceremony.
At 5-foot-11, 172-pounds, Lysell blends skill, speed and a strong work ethic on both sides of the puck to project as a potential top-six skater at the NHL level that can contribute to any specials teams units.
The crafty 18-year-old produced offence at an underwhelming rate during his split time with Frolunda HC's junior team and Lulea of the SHL last season. In 11 games with Frolunda, Lysell tallied three goals and 13 points. He appeared in 26 outings with Lulea, notching two goals and one assist.
Lysell found success at the 2021 IIHF World U18 Championship, however, co-leading Team Sweden in scoring by collecting nine points to help the program achieve a bronze medal in Frisco, Texas.
"Lysell is a mobile skater with good speed and creativity," wrote NHL.com Staff Writer Mike G. Morreale, who ranked Lysell fifth among all wingers in the Draft.
"The 18-year-old doesn't have dominating size but is strong and capable of winning 1-on-1 battles. He scored three points and averaged 7:22 of ice time in 26 SHL games, and scored nine points in seven games for third-place Sweden at the U18 World Championship."
Lysell's all-purpose type of play makes him an enticing prospect for all NHL clubs picking in Round 1. The ninth-ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting manufactures offence off the rush or with nifty dangling and also utilizes his teammates through creative playmaking. The right-shooting right winger also has a knack for pickpocketing players and can intercept passes defensively, making him a reliable two-way specialist.
"Lysell is one of the more talented players in the draft, who beats defenders consistently with his puckhandling displays. That he's a great skater, with both good speed and edgework and can make very skilled plays at full flight, makes him a handful to defend," evaluated The Athletic NHL Prospect Writer Corey Pronman.
"On his best shift, Lysell is using his skill and speed to get around guys and take pucks to the net, or making tremendous plays with pace to his teammates. His physical effort comes and goes off the puck, but with the puck he plays with courage. In a sentence, Lysell projects as a second-line winger who has the talent to dominate an NHL shift but may frustrate observers too."