NHL PLAYER, Rasmus Dahlin
Born Apr 13, 2000 -- Trollhättan, Sweden
Selected by Buffalo Sabres round 1 #1 overall 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Rasmus Dahlin is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently under contract to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Having been referred to as the most talented player available in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft class Dahlin was selected first overall in the draft by the Sabres.
In the 2016–17 season, Dahlin scored his first Swedish Hockey League goal with Frölunda HC on 12 November 2016, in a game against Karlskrona HK.
Prior to the 2018 NHL Draft, Dahlin was widely considered the top prospect. He was described as a smart two-way defenseman with a great set of tools, including skating, puck handling, vision, intelligence and shot. Dan Marr of NHL Central Scouting Bureau described him as an exceptionally talented prospect that would be able to impact his team's fortune in a way similar to Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman.
On 22 June 2018, Dahlin was drafted first overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He was the first Swedish player to be drafted first overall since Mats Sundin in 1989. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres on 9 July. Dahlin participated at Sabres training camp and made the opening night roster for the 2018–19 season. He made his NHL debut on 3 October in a 4–0 loss to the Boston Bruins. Dahlin recorded his first career NHL goal on 13 October in a 3–0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
At age 16, Dahlin was the youngest player to ever dress for Sweden at the IIHF World U20 Championship and the youngest player overall in the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Dahlin competed in the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for Team Sweden and helped them win silver by scoring 6 assists. He was named the tournament's top defencemen after scoring the second most points out of all defencemen in the tournament, despite being one of the youngest.
Dahlin stays hot in Sabres’ triumph January 17, 2019
Star rookie Rasmus Dahlin extended his point-streak to 5 games last night, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Calgary Flames in overtime, 4-3. The 18-year-old phenom scored his 5th goal of the season in the win, and would go on to be named the 3rd star of the contest. The native of Lidkoping, Sweden has suited up for all 47 of Buffalo's games this season, tallying 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists) with a +6 rating, while averaging 20:37 of ice time per contest.
For more on Dahlin and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here.