This week I am passing on talking about one specific player and instead focus on the two biggest pieces of news this week:
If you’ve been following along here at Dom-Hockey it should come as no surprise that Fabian Lysell has been the only Boston Bruins prospect named to a 2022 World Junior Championship roster to be held from December 26, 2021 to January 5, 2022 in Edmonton and Red Deer Alberta.
The Bruins selected Lysell with their first-round pick – 21st overall – at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and many felt he had the talent to go higher in the draft. While Lysell had a rather inconsistent start to his WHL career, he has been red hot as of late with 28 points in 23 games. The WJC is one of the best hockey tournaments on the hockey schedule and it will be a great opportunity to see how he stacks up against his peers – some of the best hockey talent in his age group. Lysell will also be eligible for the 2023 World Juniors because of his January 19, 2003 date of birth.
Sweden will be in Group B playing out of Red Deer this year along with the United States, Russia, Switzerland and Slovakia. They open their schedule on December 26 against Russia. On December 27 they face off against Slovakia followed by a December 29 matchup against the United States. They close out the round robin on New Years Eve in a date with Switzerland.
Bruins prospect Oskar Jellvik dropped a bombshell on Twitter last week when he made this announcement:
Again, if you’ve been following along here then you know Dom-Hockey has been a big fan of Jellvik’s. Selected with the Bruins 5th round pick – 149th overall – in the same draft as Lysell, Jellvik was considered a prospect that would take some time developing in Sweden with another year of eligibility with the J20 Nationell league before moving up to HockeyAllsvenskan and finally the SHL before heading to North America. By the way, I do believe Jellvik will represent Sweden at next year’s World Junior Championships.
But with Jellvik’s commitment to Boston College not beginning until the 2023-2024 season, finding the right fit to play the 2022-2023 season will be of top priority. There are only a few options so that he can maintain his NCAA eligibility: Remain in Europe, join a USHL club for a season, or a Canadian Junior A club, with the latter being a step backwards. A USHL squad could get Jellvik to commit now, but that would mean tying up a roster spot for the remainder of this season. It’s more likely that Jellvik will be a high draft pick in the USHL Draft in May 2022.
Jellvik will join fellow 2021 draft pick (seventh rounder) Andre Gasseau, who is also committed to Boston College (for next season), and Trevor Kuntar, who is a sophomore at BC on the ice with the Eagles (if he doesn’t turn pro before Jellvik’s arrival).
While the announcement came as a surprise, it is welcomed news. Getting Jellvik to North America early and getting accustomed to the North American game can help speed up the development process and he is going to a great program at Boston College.
Lysell told Bruins’ media availability post draft that he had “one conversation with the Bruins for about 15 or 20 minutes” during his draft year and that he did not know PJ Axelsson (Bruins European Scout). But one does wonder if the Bruins had a role to play in the decision.
At least he’ll be in the Bruins back yard where they will be able to keep close tabs on him. And for Bruins fans that can’t dish out the money to watch European games, well now you’ll get the chance to watch him for yourself.
Providence Bruins Player Stats
Providence Bruins Goalie Stats
Maine Mariners Stats
Coming up this week:
|MANTYKIVI||Vs KAR||Vs SAI|
|GASSEAU||Vs WAT||Vs WAT|
|LANGENBRUNNER||Vs WAT||Vs WAT|
|LOHREI||Vs BGS||Vs BGS|
|BECKER||Vs COL||Vs COL|
|HARRISON||Vs OTT||Vs PBO||Vs KGN|
|MAST||Vs FNT||Vs OS|
|LYSELL||Vs PG||Vs PG||Vs PG||Vs TC|
|SVEDEBACK||Vs MAD||Vs MAD|
AROUND THE GLOBE
Despite being held off the scoresheet on Saturday, Fabian Lysell remains hot with 7 goals and 7 helpers in his last 8 games and helping the Giants to a 5-3-0 record in that span. Coincidently, two of their three losses came when Lysell didn’t register a point. His 11 goals lead the Giants while his 17 assists and 28 points put him second on the team.
Ty Gallagher had a 3-assist game on Saturday helping Boston University tie Trevor Kuntar and Boston College at 3. Gallagher is now 5th in team scoring and the freshman is averaging half a point per game for BU and is second among scoring for defencemen on the squad. As for Kuntar, he had one helper in the game.
Mason Lohrei twice went head-to-head with Beecher’s Michigan squad and had a helper in each contest. Michigan took the opener 5-2 while Ohio won the back half 6-1. Lohrei still leads Ohio in scoring with 12 points in 16 games. He is 13th in scoring among defencemen in the NCAA and third among freshmen defenders.
Last week, the Oshawa Generals sent two draft picks to the London Knights for Stuart Rolofs (2022 NHL Draft) in an attempt to spread the offence. Essentially, that moved Brett Harrison to the second line with super rookie Calum Ritchie (2023 NHL Draft) and it has paid off. In the 3 games since the trade Harrison has 3 goals and 2 assists and now leads the Generals in goals and second in points. He still gets top PP duties on the point or on the wing and will move to the top line depending on game situation.
Oskar Jellvik, who played just once last week and won’t play again until after Christmas, closed out the schedule with a goal and an assist on Sunday and leading Djurgardens IF to a 5-1 victory over AIK. His 25 points in 23 games have moved him into tenth spot in league scoring just 8 points behind the leader and in 4 fewer games.
Yes, other parts of his game are developing but John Beecher is now pointless in 9 consecutive games after recording 4 points in 4 games after returning from injury. It doesn’t matter how deep the University of Michigan squad is, it just doesn’t bode well. His first two NCAA seasons saw him be a .5 point-per-game player and right now, it’s a battle to get to that level for him.
Dubuque Fighting Saints had a three-in-three weekend and Goaltender Philip Svedeback was MIA. He dressed as backup on both Thursday and Friday nights but was listed as injured by the team on Saturday. No indication of what that injury may be or if is related to the injury that caused him to miss time earlier in the season.
Peter Cehlarik missed two games due to injury last week but returned to action on Sunday and was kept off the scoresheet. Cehlarik is now pointless in 4 games. He has 5 goals and 4 assists in his last 20 games after posting 8 goals and 4 assists in his first 11 games.
Roman Bychkov has missed the last 3 games for Amur of the KHL due to injury.
Ryan Mast is pointless in 4 games and his Sarnia Sting were just putrid in a 9-1 loss on Saturday to the Kitchener Rangers. Mast himself did not have a great game – if you’re going by his minus-5 stat, but the Sting couldn’t get a save if their lives depended on it. But if I could take two things away from this: even in the third when the game was already decided, Mast was busting his tail off and trying to play the right way even though his teammates were not and, you could see it clearly on the bench when he was letting his teammates have it.