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2021 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Fabian Lysell would be a smart, sound addition to any team

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You know the Jackets love their Swedes!

2021 NHL Draft Lottery Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

We are just a few weeks away from the 2021 NHL Entry Draft (July 23-24), so it’s time to start researching the prospects likely to be selected in the first round. The Columbus Blue Jackets currently hold three picks in that round: #5, #24, and #30 or #31.

Fabian Lysell

Position: RW
Team: Bäcken HC
Date of Birth: January 18, 2003
Birthplace: Göteborg, Sweden
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 172
Shoots: Right

Rankings

Ranked #10 by CONSOLIDATED RANKING
Ranked #9 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #10 by FCHOCKEY
Ranked #15 by NEUTRAL ZONE
Ranked #12 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
Ranked #10 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #27 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #9 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
Ranked #11 by SPORTSNET’S
Ranked #6 by RECRUIT SCOUTING
Ranked #3 by DOBBERPROSPECTS
Ranked #8 by DRAFT PROSPECTS HOCKEY
Ranked #11 by SMAHT SCOUTING
Ranked #14 by THE PUCK AUTHORITY

2020-21 Stats

Note: Lysell’s 2020-21 stats are a combined total of his games between Frölunda HC J20, Luleå HF, and Sweden’s U18 team.

Games Played: 44
Goals: 8
Assists: 17
Points: 25
PIM: 24

Fabian Lysell could be a good gamble for the Columbus Blue Jackets to make - his scouting reports have him seated as high as a #3 draft pick, ranging all the way down to #27. He’s young! He has experience on a larger stage, representing Sweden’s national team from his 2018-19 U16 season onward. He’s got plenty of potential for development ahead of him, and teams have their eyes on him for his raw skill combined with intelligence for the game. A diamond in the rough, but a diamond all the same.

Scouts rave about his presence on the ice, calling him a “nearly perfect” skater with incredible speed and the ability to create chances for both himself and his teammates around him. Let’s see what everyone is saying:

Scouting Reports

His skating form is nearly perfect, with great posture, depth, and flexibility at the ankles, knees, and hips, giving him straight-line speed and two-step quickness to burn. Lysell spots teammates through layers, and has the deft touch to get them the puck when the time is right. He scans regularly, reloads to support his defencemen, tracks well through the neutral zone, and his work rate never wanes. -EliteProspects 2021 NHL Draft Guide

Highly skilled forward with impressive technical skills and an amazing release. Scores a lot of goals and is a loyal team player, Anders Eriksén (HC) 2020

He plays at a high pace, with high-level skill creating a lot for himself and others, EPRinkside.com 2021

Highlights

This Smaht Scouting report compares his style of play to Artemi Panarin’s - perhaps that sounds lofty, but take a look for yourself and see what you think: