Rasmus Dahlin

Buffalo Sabres
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Fantasy Summary

Franchise defenseman with upside to be a perennial Norris Trophy contender.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 10
NHL Certainty 10
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 13, 2000
Height 6‘2”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 1

Observations

July 2019 – It’s hard to find a flaw in Rasmus Dahlin’s game. Trust me, I’ve looked for one. You can not find one. His crossovers, spin-moves and skating are impeccable. Dahlin’s edge-work should be in an instructional video. It is that good. His vision is superb. Dahlin will find holes in every zone and work his magic with the puck to avoid his opposition. In addition, his transitional game is on point. When he has the puck, you know that he going to have a clean zone-exit and beautiful zone-entry. Every time Dahlin touches the puck, you know that he’s giving you the best chance to score. When it comes to his passing, he’s a beast. His passing in all three zones is electric. Dahlin also has a filthy stretch pass and he’ll use it whenever he can. He also won’t shy away from doing some trick passing too, almost Harlem Globetrotter-like passing. Last season, in a game against Edmonton, he had a no-look pass to Casey Mittelstadt in the neutral zone that led to a Connor Sheary goal. As I said, I can not find a flaw. Dahlin is one of the best defensemen in the NHL and he is only going to get better. Josh Tessler

 

December 2018 – Dahlin has only just stepped into the NHL and teased at his full NHL potential but has still produced two goals and 12 assists with Buffalo this year, showing glimpses of what his future holds. He may not win the Calder in his rookie year going up against 20-year-olds, such as Pettersson and Heiskanen, but don’t discount him from still putting up a 40 point rookie season as the Sabres look to make the playoffs for the first time in a while. Marcus Griep

 

January 2018 – The future first-overall selection is riding a nice little point streak after being named to Sweden’s Olympic team roster. He’s rattled off one goal and four helpers for Frölunda over the four-game streak and is up to 16 points in 34 SHL contests. The ultra-talented 17-year-old will surely play a very prominent role on the men’s national team this February in Pyeongchang and will look to further solidify his spot as the best defensive prospect to come around in well over a decade. Cam Robinson

October 2017 – Widely ranked as the top prospect eligible for the 2018 draft and it is easy to see why when you see him play. Dahlin is a game-changing franchise player that can dominate the game both offensively and defensively. His ability to rush the puck up the ice and seemingly evade defenders like they are pylons is reminiscent of Bobby Orr highlights. Often compared to Erik Karlsson or Victor Hedman Dahlin projects to be a franchise defenseman.

The NHL defenseman now needs to combine skill and skating as primary attributes over size and Dahlin combines all these attributes like no other player in the draft. He has size and strength as a 17-year-old and continues to gain mass and fill out. Dahlin has exceptional vision and anticipation and seems to see plays well ahead of his competition. His agility and skating combined with his hockey sense make him near impossible to check or stop at the level he is currently playing in; which is pro hockey in the SHL.

With the puck on his stick, he has the ability to control the puck while at speed and under duress and has a bag full of tricks and dekes to beat defenders. His shot is the one aspect of his game he wants to improve as it isn’t overly powerful but is very accurate and often finds the net through traffic from the point. His passing ability is excellent, he makes long stretch passes and has an uncanny ability to find open teammates, perhaps lending to the Erik Karlsson comparisons.

Rasmus Dahlin is a blue-chip fantasy prospect and a player an NHL team will build a team around, a sure-fire franchise player if not a generational player. Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Sweden Selects U13 WSI U13 9 0 1 1 8 |          
 2013-2014 HC Lidköping U16 2 U16 Div.2 13 8 15 23 16 |          
  HC Lidköping U16 U16 Div.1 7 1 2 3 45 |          
 2014-2015 HC Lidköping U16 2 U16 Div.2 5 27 9 36 6 |          
  Västergötland TV-Pucken 11 2 6 8 16 |          
  HC Lidköping U16 U16 Div.1 15 19 29 48 32 |          
  HC Lidköping J18 J18 Div.1 18 12 14 26 44 |          
  HC Lidköping Division 3 10 1 5 6 0 |          
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC U16 U16 Elit 3 0 0 0 4 |          
  Västergötland TV-Pucken 6 4 6 10 0 |          
  Frölunda HC U16 U16 SM 2 0 1 1 6 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 16 5 7 12 12 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 17 3 8 11 12 | Playoffs 6 0 3 3
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 6 0 1 1 6 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 1 3 1 4 0 |          
  Frölunda HC Champions HL 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 1 1 2 2 |          
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 24 9 13 22 74 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Frölunda HC SHL 26 1 2 3 6 | Playoffs 14 3 2 5
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 3 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 5 1 1 2 2 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 1 1 2 4 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 9 2 1 3 4 |          
  Sweden (all) International 2 0 1 1 4 |          
 2017-2018 Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 1 1 1 2 0 |          
  Frölunda HC Champions HL 7 2 0 2 4 |          
  Frölunda HC SHL 41 7 13 20 20 | Playoffs 6 1 2 3
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 0 6 6 6 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 10 0 7 7 8 |          
  Sweden OG 2 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sweden EHT 2 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sweden (all) International 5 0 2 2 2 |          
 2018-2019 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 9 35 44 34 |          
 2019-2020 Buffalo Sabres NHL - - - - - |          

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