The Buffalo Sabres have drafted and developed a number of youngsters currently playing in the NHL (Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power, Dylan Cozens), and the club under former GM Jason Botterill and current GM Kevyn Adams have been able to replenish the organization with young prospects. Throughout the month of August and leading into training camp next month, we will rank the club’s top prospects over the upcoming weeks based on their progress in either the NCAA, CHL, Europe, ECHL or AHL and their potential to make the Sabres roster and make a contribution in the future. Players are eligible for the list if they have not played more than 40 NHL games and are 25 years old or younger:
#34 Albert Lyckasen
One of the Sabres developmental prospects that will have to show some immediate signs of progress is 2020 seventh-rounder Albert Lyckasen. Lyckasen was selected 193rd overall in the 2020 NHL Draft as a 19-year-old overager out of the Linkoping junior club in Sweden after scoring 14 goals in 43 games. The following season, he was loaned out to two clubs at lower professional levels and saw spot duty with Linkoping of the SHL. For the last two years, the 22-year-old has played primarily in the second-level Allsvenskan pro league.
From yesterday, Albert Lyckasen opens scoring with his fifth of the year in Karlskoga's 5-2 win over Mora. pic.twitter.com/FEk82D64ZG
— Kris Baker (@SabresProspects) January 15, 2022
The main asset of Lyckasen’s game is his skating ability. The Hockey Prospect Black Book describes him as “a smallish, right-handed defenseman with a good two-way game, who can get pushed around a bit by bigger opponents, but reads the game well and reacts quickly when there is an opportunity to steal or pick up a loose puck. His skating is super smooth and he skates with a low center of gravity, is nicely balanced and he can move around with great mobility, both laterally and when turning around from skating forward to backward.”
While he is conscientious about his defensive duties seriously, at 5’10”, 176 lbs. he will need to get much stronger to be able to handle his defensive responsibilities better. Lyckasen was -14 last season, which would be an indicator that play in his own end is still an issue and needs to be improved.