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Get To Know Bystedt, Lund, Havelid, Fisher

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The San Jose Sharks picked up a pair of Swedes and Bostonians in the first three rounds of the 2022 NHL draft.

The Boston boys are very proud to be from Boston, but both are excited to be with the Sharks now. How did both No. 34 pick Cameron Lund and No. 76 Michael Fisher decide on Northeastern as their NCAA destination?

What are Filip Bystedt’s thoughts on playing in North America in the coming season? Mattias Hävelid’s thoughts on Erik Karlsson?

The first four San Jose Sharks picks discussed a number of things after they got drafted, here are the highlights.

FILIP BYSTEDT

Bystedt, on playing 15 games in the SHL, Sweden’s professional league:

Yeah, it was a fun experience like bigger guys, stronger guys, so you have to adapt to that game. Fun experience and I think it was good for me.

Bystedt, on possibly playing in the AHL in the upcoming season:

I think I would be open for it like now before the draft and pretty much now, I have my focus on the NHL, to develop there, playing hockey but it’s something that I would consider.

Bystedt, on how he feels about his teammates and friends also being expected to go in the draft (this was before Day 2 of the Draft):

I think they’re pretty excited. We’ve been friends for a lot of time. Me and [Mattias] Hävelid played the whole way [together]. We’ve grown up, [playing on the] same team. I’m pretty excited. I’m pretty excited to see tomorrow as well where they’re going.

CAMERON LUND

Lund, on how he’d describe his game and who he models his game after:

I’d say I’m a big offensive winger. I mean, [I have] a of lot offensive ability, skating, speed, can shoot the puck from anywhere, and that playmaking ability too. I kind of try to model my game after Jack Eichel. He’s someone I’ve watched since college hockey and just the one guy I really tried to model my game after.

Lund, on deciding to attend Northeastern next year:

I mean I’m a Boston kid, I kind of wanted to stay in Boston. Family and friends can go to all my games and everything so I mean, I wouldn’t say it really had an impact but staying in Boston and playing college hockey there is something I’ve dreamed of.

Lund, on if he knew San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier before the draft:

Yeah. I know his kid a little bit. So I’ve gotten to meet him a few times and everything. Great family and everything. I can’t wait.

Mattias Hävelid

Hävelid, on being drafted by the Sharks:

Just happy. It’s such a big deal, this. Dream come true, being drafted by the Sharks. My best buddy got drafted yesterday, Bystedt, so I couldn’t be happier.

Hävelid, on what the Sharks talked to him about leading into the draft:

Just talk about me, as a person and what I do best on the ice. Just relax and just try to impress them in some ways and just have a nice conversation.

Hävelid, on who he models his game after and areas of his game he wants to improve:

I always like to watch Erik Karlsson when he plays. Karlsson has been my big idol, and now being drafted by the Sharks, and he plays there, is really cool, actually. So that’s the big player I always looked up to. Things I need to improve? Obviously some defensive stuff. Pretty much getting better in every way, but small things at a time.

MICHAEL FISHER

Fisher, on if he was expecting to be picked by the San Jose Sharks or when he was taken and how he’s feeling:

I was hoping to get picked [by anyone], so I mean, I couldn’t really be happier. And then to have my family, my girlfriend, my agent, a couple of my buddies here, it’s the best thing ever, so I’m feeling awesome.

I didn’t really have many expectations going in. Although, when Grier got named the GM, I had skated with him like two days before at a skills session in Marlborough so that was awesome to hear about him getting that gig. Super happy for him and then to be able to be a part of this organization now that’s pretty sweet. This is awesome.

Fisher, on his decision to attend Northeastern this fall:

It ended up being a decision where I think that’s the place for me to develop best as a hockey player. The people there are awesome, it’s close to home. My grandparents would be able to come to every game. Matthews [Arena] is the place that my granddad first ever skated. He’s a Southie kid. So, just hometown. I really couldn’t go wrong being close to home.

Fisher, on how he’d describe his game:

I’d say I’m a two-way defenseman. I think one of my best attributes is my skating. That, in tandem with my size, is probably my trademark, just the speed and with the build that I have.

Fisher, on who he models his game after:

I like Mike Reilly. I like his game and he’s on the Bruins, I watch them a ton, just because they’re the hometown team. I love the B’s. So I like watching him because he’s really good skater.

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Alaskan_ice

Good stuff. Good kids. I’m looking forward to seeing their progress.

timorous me

Really a fun tidbit that two have been teammates and best buds and two others are about to become college teammates.

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