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By: Mark Allred | Follow me on Twitter / X @BlackAndGold277

In a game that was expected to be a routine matchup for the Providence Bruins last night against the visiting Charlotte Checkers, an unforeseen incident has potentially altered the trajectory of the Bruins’ lineup. Forward Fabian Lysell, a key player for the team, was involved in a concerning collision with the boards during the game late in the third period. The incident at the Amica Mutual Pavillion has raised alarms within the team and, according to Head Coach Ryan Mougenel, could result in Lysell being sidelined for an undetermined period.

The collision occurred late in the third period when Lysell, breaking on the right side, lost his balance and crashed into the boards. The impact was severe enough to halt the game momentarily as medical staff rushed to assess his condition. Initially, Lysell was able to leave the ice with assistance, but the full extent of his injuries remains unclear. Below is a Tweet/X from Providence Bruins beat writer Mark Divver, which gives more light to what was said at the post-game press conference after today’s 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Syracuse Crunch.

Prior to the incident, Fabian Lysell had been playing much better than his start to the 2023-24 American Hockey League regular season. His dynamic playing style and scoring ability have made him a pivotal figure on the ice since he was called out by Mougenel months ago. In his second professional season in North America, Lysell posted 15-35-50 numbers in 56 games played. In 110 career AHL games, the former 2021 first-round selection has 29-58-87 totals.

Lysell’s potential sidelining could have significant repercussions for the Providence team. The right winger is second on the club in points, only five behind team-leading Georgii Merkulov. In his absence, the team must find ways to compensate for his offensive production and intangible qualities, especially on the man advantage. This situation may necessitate strategic adjustments and allow other players to step up and fill the gap.

As the situation develops, fans and players alike will await updates on Fabian Lysell’s condition and impact on the team’s lineup. Providence is set to be back in action on Tuesday night at the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey League. Boston Bruins will travel south to Hershey, Pennsylvania, to face the AHL’s best Hershey Bears. The team will also miss him if he’s unable to participate in the upcoming Calder Cup Playoffs, where the bye week the B’s are expected to get could be used as more healing time for the Bruins forward prospect.