Fabian Lysell - Providence Bruins (Boston)
Do the Boston Bruins need more positivity? Well, there most recent first-round draft pick, Fabian Lysell is dominating the AHL. Lysell was touted as one of the premier prospects during the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, before dropping to the 21st overall selection.
Sweden, pff! Ever since coming to North American, Lysell has refocused his game back to the elite, scoring abilities we saw when he was a teenager. For example, last season with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. Lysell was the team leader in points and assists, the Swede recorded 40 apples, along with 62 points in 53 games.
The Boston Bruins are tremendously proud with the development of Lysell over the past few seasons. Boston deemed Lysell was ready for the professional game, opting to send him to the American Hockey League.
The first-round pick has been hot since his transition to the pro level, Lysell is among Providence's leaders in points with 12 points in 14 games. The P-Bruins are among the top teams in the league, as they sit with a 10-2-2 record, first-place in the Atlantic Division.
Kole Lind - Coachella Valley Firebirds (Seattle)
Lind is a player that is in the latter stages of development as an NHL prospect, but looks to have found his game this season at the AHL level. The Seattle owned prospect, failed to make the Kraken squad out of training camp and was sent to the new, Coachella Valley Firebirds.
Since Lind's arrival, the Canadien forward has been among the leaders on his team and the entire league. Lind is simply dominating on the ice, he currently has a career-high six goals, eight assists in 12 games. As compared to last season, when the winger scored just 35 points in 46 games.
The 24-year-old will likely be among the first to be called-up to the NHL squad if an injury or unfortunate circumstance where to occur. Lind has played in a total of 30 NHL games, with the Vancouver Canucks and Seattle Kraken in his career.
Justus Annunen - Colorado Eagles (Colorado)
A strong start to his AHL campaign was exactly what Justus Annunen needed. The once prized elite goaltending prospect has struggled since coming over from his homeland of Finland. Annunen has taken part in one prior season in the AHL, putting up sub-par numbers on a good Colorado team (3.01 GAA, .893 save percentage).
Once again, the Eagles are a top team in the AHL, sitting first-place in the Pacific Division. Annunen has been one of the most important parts of the team, serving as the starting goaltender. The Finnish netminder has recorded a 2.74 GAA, along with a .910 save percentage.
Annunen is currently ranked as the top goaltending prospect within the Avalanche system, the strong start has prompted hope within Avs' management and fans. Annunen has suited up for two NHL games in his career, recording one win last season.
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Tyson Foerster - Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia)
Foerster was among the many Team Canada superstars that suited up for the 2022 World Junior Classic this past summer. The former Flyers' first-round pick has put together a tremendous start to his 2022-23 season in the AHL.
Foerster was among the players around the league who were affected by the pandemic causing the OHL to shut down for a season. Thus so, Foerster played in the AHL early and is currently suiting up in his third season of pro hockey.
Since day-one, Foerster's offensive ability has not been question. As shown this season, the speedy winger has three goals and seven assists in 14 games. Foerster is a player that is likely to make his NHL debut by the end of the season, if his solid play were to continue.