By: Ryan Duffy | Follow Me On Twitter @Rduffy26
Beginning on Monday, July 11th, the Boston Bruins will be hosting their 15th annual Development Camp. The camp will be hosted in Brighton, MA, at Warrior Ice Arena and ends on Friday, July 15th. The Prospects attending the Bruins’ Development Camp will learn more about what it means to be Boston Bruin and what it takes to work your way up to the NHL.
Both Bruins’ prospects, Mason Lohrei (58th selection in 2020 draft) and Fabian Lysell (21st selection in 2021 draft) will be absent for the on-ice portions of the Development Camp. Lohrei and Lysell are regarded as Boston’s top prospects with high professional ceilings.
In May, Lohrei finished his freshman year at Ohio State University. The 21-year-old Madison, Wisconsin native defenseman showed great promise in his rookie season in the NCAA as he tallied four goals and 25 assists in 31 collegiate games.
What separates Lohrei from other defensemen is his offensive skill set, along with his size. Lohrei has excellent offensive instincts with his puck possession and passing abilities. While his offensive game is his biggest asset, he still needs to develop his defensive awareness. Standing at 6’4”, Lohrei will continue to grow the defensive side of his game and how to use his large frame to his advantage as he develops with Ohio State for the foreseeable future.
Lohrei won’t be available for the on-ice part Bruins’ Development Camp as he’s recovering from an offseason procedure on his knee. While he won’t be available during the on-ice sessions, he will reportedly be around Warrior Ice Arena during the Development Camp. More updates will follow on Lohrei’s status as he prepares for his sophomore season at Ohio State.
After being drafted by Boston in the first round in 2021, the Bruins sent Lysell to the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League to become accustomed to North American ice before allowing him to transition to the professional level. From Goteborg, Sweeden, Lysell grew up playing competitively on European ice, which is a larger ice surface than NHL ice. Not only did Lysell need to adjust his game to the smaller ice surface, but also the physicality of the WHL.
Lysell rushed onto the scene with the Vancouver Giants and quickly made his presence known. In 53 games last season, the 19-year-old scored 22 goals and 40 assists for the Giants and recorded an astonishing 21 points in 12 playoff games. Lysell showed the Bruins that he could jump to the professional level relatively soon.
Lysell won’t be available for the Development Camp as he prepares for the World Junior Championship for Team Sweden in Edmonton, Alberta. The World Junior Championship was initially scheduled between late December and mid-January. Unfortunately, after a couple of games played in December, the IIHF canceled the tournament due to cases of the Coronavirus rising at the time. The tournament now will take place in August and showcase the skillset of Lysell in one of hockey’s biggest stages.
President and CEO of Black N’ Gold Productions Mark Allred, writer Mike Sullivan, myself, and other BNG team members will be present for select days of the Bruins Development Camp. Stay tuned for all updates on Boston Bruins news and prospects in the coming days.
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