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20 Under 25 results: Two current Bruins, one prospect crack top 20

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The search for the next generation of Boston Bruins stars remains a work in progress, to say the least.

But there is some good news for the Bruins when it comes to our 20 under 25 rankings for 2022: of the three players who did crack the rankings, one of them is already a bonafide stud at the NHL level, another is showing promise early on and the other is tearing it up in the junior hockey ranks.

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Here are the three B's up-and-comers to make it onto this year's list, along with their ranks and ratings:

3. Charlie McAvoy, D

Previous ranking: 4 | FAN RATING: 90.4

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It feels like a matter of when, not if, McAvoy will win a Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. The Bruins clearly believe in McAvoy after signing him to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension in October and thus far, he's held up his end of the bargain with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) over 23 games in 2021-22 while averaging 24:29 of ice time per contest from the blue line. McAvoy, who turns 24 later this month, is on pace to set new career highs in both goals and assists this season as he continues to emerge as a force in his own zone, the latest in a long line of franchise defensemen for the black and gold.

8. Jeremy Swayman, G

Previous ranking: N/A | FAN RATING: 81.8

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A relative unknown at this time last year, Swayman has skyrocketed onto the scene as not only Boston's goalie of the future, but an important part of its present as well. In 23 games at the NHL level since debuting in April, Swayman is 14-7-2 with a .932 save percentage and a 1.87 goals against average and three shutouts. A fourth-round draft pick of the Bruins in 2017, Swayman just turned 23 last month and could rise even higher on next year's rankings.

 

18. Fabian Lysell, RW

Previous ranking: N/A | FAN RATING: 72.4

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Boston's most recent first-round pick, 21st overall, Lysell was born just months before the Bruins drafted Patrice Bergeron in 2003. While Lysell didn't come straight to the NHL, a la Bergeron, he's off to a promising enough start for the Vancouver Giants -- the same junior team which produced Milan Lucic -- in the Western Hockey League. Lysell, who turns 19 in early 2022, has 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) over 23 games with a plus-11 rating.

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