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2021 NHL Draft Profile: Fabian Lysell

Lysell has pretty much always been a top-end offensive talent as a teenager, putting his goal-scoring stamp on a number of Swedish national teams and local clubs. “He has high skill and plays a direct game."

BORN Jan. 19, 2003, Gothenburg, Swe.

2020-21 Lulea POS RW

HT 5-10 WT 172 SHOOTS R

INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICES No. 12

Lysell has pretty much always been a top-end offensive talent as a teenager, putting his goal-scoring stamp on a number of Swedish national teams and local clubs. “He has high skill and plays a direct game,” one scout said. “There have been some off-ice issues circling around him, but he plays fast, he plays inside, and he has a really good shot. He’s a sniper.”

Ah yes, the maturity factor: Lysell’s off-ice issues do not sound nefarious, but they did concern evaluators. “He’s super-skilled, great shot, great elusive skating, and he can pick a corner from anywhere in the offensive zone,” another scout said. “His shot is up there with Alex Holtz and Lucas Raymond, but what can he do for you in all the other aspects of the game? And there are the character concerns about humility and if he’s there for the team or if he just wants to score goals for himself. His Lulea coach is demanding, and we’re all wondering when they’re going to clash, which is exactly what happened with Noel Gunler.”

Gunler, who slipped to the second round last year before Carolina grabbed him, left Lulea for Brynas this season.

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This excerpt is from The Hockey News' Draft Preview issue. Purchase a digital copy of the issue here or subscribe to The Hockey News here.

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