Related: Ryan Chesley
Lian Bichsel is a big 6 foot 5, swiss-born defenseman who is currently playing for Leksands IF in the SHL. Bichsel started the year with Leskands IF J20, where he tallied 3 goals and 7 points in 11 games, then he moved on to play in the SHL, where he would record 1 point in 12 games. Bichsel was the Captain of the Swiss U18 team, where he was an intrumental part of the team. Bichsel has very high potential, which is why even though he is very raw, he might get taken late in the first round of the 2022 draft.
Physical Play Great
Offensive Play Great
Defensive Play Great
Hockey Sense Great
- Possesses Strong Two-way play with high caliber offensive skill and awareness.
- Knows how to use his size, physicality, and long reach to disrupt plays.
- Is a fluid skater with long, powerful strides.
Areas of Improvement
- Needs to work on his poise with the puck.
- Is quite raw offensively.
Lian Bichsel stands at a towering 6-foot-5 and 216 pounds and he knows how to use it with his physicality and long reach to disrupt plays. The two-way defender surprises with the amount of skill he possesses and from his long, powerful strides to his overall offensive awareness.
He has really high potential down the line, but right now, his skills are still pretty raw and he is still far from an NHL-ready prospect. Lian Bichsel is comparable to Moritz Seider, who was an under-the-radar defenseman during his draft, but now he is the best rookie defenseman in the league. Like Seider, Bichsel is a big two-way defenseman with great skating ability and physical play. The main difference between the two is that Seider has a way better shot, but with some development, Bichsel could become one of the top young defensemen in the league. He has the potential to be a top 4 defenseman and picked in the first round of the 2022 draft.
Skill: Physical defenseman, with long powerful strides, great two-way abilities
NHL Comparison: Moritz Seider
NHL Potential: Top 4 Defenseman
|Switzerland U18 (all)||International-Jr||8||1||4|
|2021-22||Leksands IF J20||J20 Nationell||11||3||7|
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