Donovan: [Dahlin] is on that same level with McDavid

June 20, 2018 - 4:48 pm
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Professional ice hockey defenseman Matt Donovan discusses the Buffalo Sabres' expected first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin.  Donovan was a fourth-round draft choice of the New York Islanders back in 2008.  Three years after making his NHL debut in 2012, Donovan was signed by Buffalo as a free agent in the summer of 2015.  He spent 2015-16 with the Rochester Americans before leaving the NHL as a free agent.  Donovan took his talents overseas, where he crossed paths with Dahlin playing for the Frölunda Indians from 2016-2018.

Here are some quotes from Donovan's interview with us.

 

On Dahlin's early potential:

"He is kind of that same level with [Connor] McDavid."

 

Donovan on Dahlin's poise:

"He is very mature for his age.  Very humble.  He's going to work hard no matter how good people tell him he is."

 

Donovan recalling Dahlin's call-up:

"Two years ago when he first got called up, I don't think I heard him say one word.  Once you get him to open up, he's a good kid.  I think he will do well in an NHL locker room."

 

Donovan on Dahlin's skillset:

"The one thing that sticks out for me is his puck handling and how he sees the ice.  Some people say McDavid; he moves like that, but differently.  In practice it was nothing like I've ever seen before."

 

Donovan on how Dahlin will take to the NHL:

"Well, McDavid did it.  He's a really good player.  My belief is that [Dahlin] can step right in and be a great player.  I don't think it will take too long."

 

The 2018 NHL Draft from Dallas kicks off on Friday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m.  Our coverage on WGR starts at 7:00 p.m.

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