Welcome to Buffalo, Rasmus Dahlin.
The Sabres entered the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery with the best odds (18.5%) of landing the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. That’s exactly how the cards fell.
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— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) April 29, 2018
The draft order was determined before and during the second intermission of Game 2 between the Golden Knights and Sharks. The Hurricanes will pick second, followed by Montreal at third.
— NHL (@NHL) April 29, 2018
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Third time’s the charm for the Sabres, who held the best odds for the top spot in 2014 and 2015, but came up short. Buffalo finished with a dismissal 62 points in 2017-18 — dead-last in the NHL. The Sabres are currently building a great core of young and talented players, including Jack Eichel, Casey Mittelstadt and Rasmus Ristolainen among others.
The undisputed No. 1 selection is Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. The 18-year-old was named Best Defenseman at the World Juniors this season, recording six assists, 25 shots and a plus-7 rating in seven games to help Sweden win the silver medal. He finished with 20 points (seven goals) in 41 games with Frolunda HC in the SHL.
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 1, 2018
“Dahlin is a smart two-way defenseman who can play in any situation. He is a terrific skater and stick handler who can rush the puck, or join the attack in a hurry. Impressive agility makes him a good one-on-one defender. He has fine passing ability, and although not a big-time bomber, he has an accurate shot from the point. Not one to shy away from the physical game, Dahlin is an accomplished open-ice hitter. A young player, he must learn when to make the simpler play. Adding more weight should help him in board battles and around the crease.”
– Erik K. Piri, EP (2016)
The draft takes place in Dallas on June 22nd.