“[Boston’s] a great city, obviously a great group of guys. A tremendous organization that I really enjoy playing for. Cam Neely, Don Sweeney — just in dealing with these guys, the coaching staff — it was really enjoyable for me this year. I’m really happy that I get to play another four years with the Bruins and the teammates that I got to know in my short time in Boston. [It’s] a huge reason why I wanted to direct my focus to playing for Boston as long as I can. I’m really happy that we’re here talking about it today.”
Taylor Hall on re-signing with the Bruins
Safe to say that the 29-year-old has finally found his team and home for the next four years. Fans were eager to hear the official announcement of the signing which finally came this Friday. Hall quickly made a splash last season when he was acquired by the team at the trade deadline. In just 16 regular games for the Boston Bruins, he notched eight goals with six assists. During the Playoffs, the forward recorded three goals and two assists. The deal is a four-year contract with an annual cap hit of $6 million.
With strong core values and leadership that have been laid out by previous players, Boston is exactly the type of environment Hall had been looking for:
“It was a good environment for me to come into and I left that I was able to be myself right off the bat and I think that’s shown in my on-ice play. Been on four teams in the last two seasons, so I’ve been in a few dressing rooms. You can tell right away when you walk in what the vibe is, and I’ve really enjoyed the vibe of Boston.”
NHL DRAFT 2021
This past weekend Sweeney and Co. were on the clock as the Bruins were busy selecting the next class of future players. In their first pick, Boston selected Swedish forward Fabian Lysell as their 21st overall pick. The 18-year-old Göteborg, Sweden native recently played with Lulea HF of the SHL (Swedish Hockey League). He played for the Under-18 Swedish team recently in the World Junior Championship. For Sweeney “…he has skill, the ability to shoot the puck past the goaltender. And again, some game-breaking ability that was hard for us to pass on.”
And if you are new to the world of social media, “character concerns” popped up in regards to Lysell. Unline some other pick that has caused controversy north of the border, the issue that caused the “concern” amongst hockey Twitter reportedly the young Swede wanted to leave the junior team (Frolunda) to play in the pro-ranks. The desire to have more playing time didn’t concern the Bruins brass as they closely followed him closely in Sweden:
“We’ve really followed his trajectory. Obviously, when you play in the SHL as a young player, you’re not necessarily given primary roles and you might not have the same offensive output that he wants. So, you really pay attention when he goes and plays against his peers. Can he dominate games or at least be a game-breaker? And I think he’s showed moments of that skill set as well. And he’s got a lot of work to do in terms of rounding out his overall game.”
General Manager Don Sweeney
“Boston is one of the better teams in the NHL. They have super good guys like Pastrnak and Bergeron, those guys that I tend to watch a lot. Watching highlights and stuff…I’ve heard great things about the city as well. As I said before, I think this is just a dream come true for me. Hopefully I can work hard to play there one day, and that’s my main goal right now.”
Forward Fabian Lysell
In the second round of the Draft, the Boston Bruins selected Oshawa Generals Center Brett Harrison as their 85th overall pick. The six-foot-two London, Ontario native is known for his aggressive play upfront, which is something every team needs. Harrison played overseas in Finland for the KOOVEE’s Under-20 club and the SM-Sarja Under-20. In seven games he notched four goals with five assists. Harrison returned to his home country and played for Team Canada in the IIHF Under-18 World Championship that was held in Texas. He is the third player in the Bruins organization to have played with the Oshawa Generals. In 58 games for the Generals, the then 16-year-old had 21 goals with 16 assists for 37 points.
“It was a dream come true when I saw my name pop up and a moment that I’ll never forget. I’ve always been a Bruins fan, just ran through the family as my grandpa was best friend with Gary Doak.”
ANOTHER ONE IN THE CREASE
For their 117th overall pick, the Boston Bruins selected goaltender Philip Svedeback. The six-foot-three Swedish goaltender recently played for the Växjö Lakers Under-20 in the SHL. He had a .912 save percentage in 12 games. He was also drafted by the USHL’s (United States Hockey League) Dubuque Fighting Saints in the 2021 USHL Draft.
MORE FROM SWEDEN
Left-winger Oskar Jellvik was selected as the Boston Bruins’ 149th pick during the fifth round of the Draft. The five-foot-11-inch Täby, Swedish native skated with the Djurgarden IF’s Under-20 team where he notched six goals and six assists in 13 games. He also spent time with Junior-18(J18) Elit and Junior-18 Allsvenskan leagues. In 21 games between the two leagues, he recorded 39 points. He also skated 15 games in the J20 SuperElit league. He had two goals with two assists. The young forward knows of the Bruins very well and cites Patrice Bergeron as the player he looks to:
“I like Patrice Bergeron a lot because I think he shows that he can play in the offensive zone and be one of the best guys there, but he also plays the defensive zone. I think that’s a great guy to have as a model.”
Ryan Mast will add some weight to the Bruins’ back end as the six-foot-four defenseman was selected as the 181st pick during the sixth round. The 215-lbs Bloomfield, Michigan native spent his rookie season with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) in 2019. Unfortunately, this past season Mast was unable to play, due to the suspension of the league during the pandemic Mast was able to showcase his skill during the Erie PBHH SHowcase tournament where he played 10 games. In 58 games with the Sting, he recorded one goal and 10 assists.
“There’s definitely a lot of guys I like to watch and learn from. A (Boston) Bruin that I think is a good one is Brandon Carlo. Similar body types and he’s definitely someone I can learn from by watching him.”
During the seventh round, the Boston Bruins selected center Andre Gasseau. Like Mast, Gasseau will add some needed weight upfront. With a six-foot-four-inch frame, Boston looked for more size and strength. He currently skated 42 games with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program’s Under-18 Team. There Gasseau notched 27 points with 12 goals and 15 assists. Earlier he spent time with the Shattuck St. Mary’s U16 AAA team. He has 62 points with 33 goals and 29 assists. The Garden Grove, California native will play for the USHL’s Fargo Force next season and attend Boston College in 2022.
Lastly, defenseman Ty Gallagher was selected as the club’s 217th pick yesterday in the seventh round. The six-foot, 190 lbs. Clarkston, Michigan native skated with the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program for U18 last season. There he scored 14 goals and had 13 assists. He ranked first amongst defensemen during the 2021 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship in Texas.
“I think the best way to describe me is just a versatile player. I can play the two-way game and I can be counted on in any situation. Whether’s a penalty kill, blocking shots, or playing on a top line, trying to create offense and win a game, win a hockey game.
Gallagher will attend Boston University to continue working on his skills.
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