Rasmus Asplund

Buffalo Sabres
Minas Panagiotakis

Fantasy Summary

A middle-weight pivot who plays the style of a heavy-weight pivot, his leadership and work-ethic are two of his strongest qualities that could earn him a third-line center role in the NHL.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country SWE
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 3, 1997
Height 5‘11”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 33

Observations

March 2019 – In his first year since moving from Sweden, Rasmus Asplund hasn’t adapted as well as expected, but still played out a decent season so far with 29 points in 61 games. As a speedy two-way player, Asplund creates a lot more chances than the scoresheet shows, but he needs to work on his goal-scoring ability to round out his offensive game after only six goals this campaign. Marcus Griep

August 2018 – The hard-working centre continued to truck along in his developmental path with his best season yet in the SHL, posing 28 points and nearly doubling his total from last year. Asplund will start the season off in the AHL with Rochester and can even challenge for an NHL spot as the year goes on depending on how well he produces with the team which means the future is bright for the 20-year-old Swede after signing his three-year entry-level contract on May 23rd, 2018. Marcus Griep

February 2018 – Still just 20 years old, Asplund is already competing in his fourth professional season in Sweden and is having a career year in the process. He’s already established highs in all offensive categories with seven goals and 20 helpers and is tied for sixth in the SHL among U24 players in scoring. With his contract expiring at the end of this year, look for the Sabres to get him over to North America. Brad Phillips

April 2017 – Rasmus finished strong during the 2016-2017 season and now it is being reported that he will be staying in Sweden for one more year to continue to develop. Ola Winther of hockeysverige.com has spoken with a Buffalo scout as well as Asplund’s agent and both agree another year in Sweden is key. Asplund potted six goals and 13 assists with Farejstad BK in 39 games. Max Marko

January 2017 – After injury set him back at the start of the season, Rasmus Asplund has begun to shine again in Sweden. An agressive two-way centerman, he is an excellent at face-offs and and pressuring the opponent down low. He flourished at this year’s World Junior tournament and was a steady playmaker on the offensive side of the puck. He finished the tournament at a point per game pace, with a goal and six assists in seven games. Max Marko

June 2016 – Hard working centre who competes for every puck. Asplund is known for his skating ability and work ethic, and his compete in and around the net. His defensive game has improved, which will help his chances of becoming a regular NHL pivot. His offensive game is consistent and can chip in as a second or third liner. Rasmus will play in Farjestad BK in the Swedish Elite League and could be a few years away from crossing the pond. Asplund played for Team Sweden at the Under-18 World Championship, Ivan Hlinka Tournament and the World Juniors. Asplund was Team Sweden’s captain in 2015 for the Under-18 team. Paul Zwambag


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Värmland TV-Pucken 8 2 5 7 6 |          
  Färjestad BK U16 U16 SM 6 2 2 4 2 |          
 2012-2013 Värmland TV-Pucken 8 4 8 12 4 |          
  Färjestad BK U16 U16 SM 6 5 8 13 4 |          
  Färjestad BK J18 J18 Elit 16 6 9 15 6 |          
  Färjestad BK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 15 4 6 10 14 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 11 2 3 5 20 |          
 2013-2014 Färjestad BK J18 J18 Elit 10 6 10 16 37 |          
  Färjestad BK J20 U20 Super Challenge 4 2 1 3 0 |          
  Färjestad BK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 7 6 4 10 4 | Playoffs 4 7 2 9
  Färjestad BK J20 SuperElit 38 7 7 14 12 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 0 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 7 4 5 9 0 |          
 2014-2015 Färjestad BK Champions HL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Färjestad BK J20 SuperElit 19 8 17 25 14 | Playoffs 6 3 4 7
  Färjestad BK SHL 35 2 1 3 4 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 5 2 3 5 8 |          
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 2 1 3 4 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 15 4 9 13 16 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 5 0 1 1 2 |          
 2015-2016 Färjestad BK SHL 46 4 8 12 16 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Färjestad BK Champions HL 6 0 1 1 4 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 3 2 5 6 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 16 5 4 9 6 |          
 2016-2017 Färjestad BK SHL 39 6 13 19 10 | Playoffs 5 0 3 3
  Färjestad BK Champions HL 6 1 4 5 0 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 1 6 7 0 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 16 2 10 12 8 |          
 2017-2018 Färjestad BK SHL 50 8 20 28 20 | Playoffs 6 0 0 0
  Sweden EHT 6 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sweden (all) International 10 0 1 1 6 |          
 2018-2019 Rochester Americans AHL 75 10 31 41 26 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2019-2020 Rochester Americans AHL - - - - - |          

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