Rasmus Dahlin
Rasmus Dahlin
20-Year-Old DefensemanD
Buffalo Sabres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dahlin was billed as a generational prospect on the blue line, so expectations were naturally high for 2018's first-overall selection. Considering defensemen usually take longer to adjust at the top level, it's hard to complain about Dahlin's 44-point rookie season at 18 years of age. He proved to be an effective power-play quarterback with 20 points with the man advantage, and the Swedish teenager's minus-13 rating can be chalked up mostly to the subpar team around him. That last problem could haunt Dahlin again in Year 2, but his tremendous skill set and limitless potential trump the negatives that come with playing for a perennially underachieving Sabres club. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres in July of 2018.
Fares well as sophomore
DBuffalo Sabres
May 6, 2020
Dahlin scored four goals and amassed an impressive 36 assists in 59 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
ANALYSIS
The 2018 first-overall pick has had an impressive age-19 season, as he paces Buffalo's blueliners in points. Dahlin's 36 helpers are also second among Sabres behind only star forward Jack Eichel, and the minus-7 rating isn't really all that bad for a teenage rearguard on a team with a minus-22 goal differential. Owners would probably like to see Dahlin shoot the puck more (90 SOG), but he's more of puck mover anyway, so there's not much to complain about here given his age and production.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:18
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:22
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:06
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
21:09
2:51
0:10
2019–20
19:18
3:22
0:06
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The best defensive prospect to enter the league since Victor Hedman in 2009, Dahlin joins forwards Jack Eichel, Casey Mittelstadt and fellow defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to form the core of the Sabres moving forward. The 18-year-old rearguard will be counted upon for immediate production and there is no reason to believe he won't deliver. A true franchise-altering talent in every sense of the word, there isn't a single aspect of the game in which Dahlin -- the first overall pick from the 2018 draft -- doesn't excel. The mobile Swede is likely to begin the season on Buffalo's second defensive pair so coach Phil Housley can split up he and Ristolainen. There will be bumps along the way, but given how much playing time he is likely to receive, a dozen goals and 35-plus points are achievable goals for Dahlin in his rookie campaign. Dynasty owners need to invest immediately and heavily.
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In on both Buffalo goals
DBuffalo Sabres
March 9, 2020
Dahlin registered a pair of assists and had one shot with one block in Monday's 3-2 shootout win over Washington.
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Snaps point drought
DBuffalo Sabres
March 6, 2020
Dahlin collected an assist during Thursday's loss to the Penguins.
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Riding four-game point streak
DBuffalo Sabres
February 16, 2020
Dahlin contributed an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
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Keeps piling up points
DBuffalo Sabres
February 13, 2020
Dahlin dished out two helpers -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over Columbus.
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Eased back into action Friday
DBuffalo Sabres
February 8, 2020
Dahlin returned to action in Friday's 3-2 win over the Rangers after a two-game absence due to an upper-body injury, skating 15:18 without a point.
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