Massive, smooth-skating blue-liner with polished defensive habits. Offensive tools need some work but could easily become a top-four defensive defenseman.
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August 2022 – Dallas’ first-round selection, 18th overall in the 2022 draft, Bichsel is a promising young defenseman with shades of Moritz Seider. Big, strong and explosive, Bichsel is a catalyst on any team. Standing over 6-5, and weighing in above 200lbs, Bichsel’s skating is good for his size, however he has room to grow in that area. He has an understatedly good shot, that should be a good fit for North American ice. The Swiss defender split his 2021-22 season between the J20 National League and the SHL, proving effective in both. He was equally an important piece of Switzerland’s WJC team in the COVID-postponed tournament. If Bichsel works out, he could become a fantastic complement to the refined aggressive game of Miro Heiskenan, and should be a staple in Dallas’ top-four for years to come. Aaron Itovitch
July 2022 – The Dallas Stars have selected Bichsel with the 18th overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard
May 2022 – Bichsel spent the majority of his 2021-2022 campaign with Leksands in the SHL, earning a goal and two assists in 29 games of league play. He also scored a goal in eight Champions Hockey League matches, mostly focusing on the defensive side of the puck, and for good reason.
Although Bichsel is massive at 6-foot-5 and 216 pounds, he displays some solid skating foundations and quick feet which help him close gaps and utilize his exceptional reach to his advantage. He also reads defensive plays well, identifying his man and dealing with switches in coverage with intelligence and poise. He can throw the shoulder, poke-check forwards from afar, and generally makes life difficult for his opponents on the cycle. On the offensive side, there are improvements required, especially on the decision-making side, but Bichsel’s heavy shot could translate well to the next level. If he works on displaying patience on breakouts, using his mobility from the blue line to find better lanes, and joining the rush more often, Bichsel’s surprisingly good hands could be put to use more frequently. Hadi Kalakeche