Rasmus Dahlin knows he'll have to get used to a smaller ice surface in the NHL.

May 08, 2018 - 3:18 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The man the Sabres earned the right to select thanks to winning the Draft Lottery was on WGR Sports Radio on Tuesday with Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet.

Rasmus Dahlin will almost certainly be taken by Jason Botterill on June 22 in Dallas. The kid is described as a can’t miss defenseman and many say he’s the best European player to come out since Alex Ovechkin.

Dahlin was in Buffalo last December and January for the World Junior Tournament, but it was the dead of winter so most of the visitors stayed around the rinks. Dahlin was no different, “I don’t know much. I went there for the World Juniors and I just saw the rink and not much more.”

Dahlin has played two seasons in the Swedish Elite League with Frolunda HC. Dahlin is well known as a very hard worker. He said, “I’ve trained in skating with my technique since I was young, every day.”

Dahlin will have to get used to the smaller ice surfaces that are used in the NHL. He played on them in Buffalo and said, “You don’t have so much time with the puck, so that was the biggest thing in the States.

“You have to make decisions much faster, you can’t look up and think, you have to do it quick."

Dahlin played with Henrik Lundqvist’s brother Joel for two seasons. Joel played 134 games in the NHL with Dallas and he taught the kid a lot, “I’ve learned so much from him, so I’m prepared and ready to go and if I get the chance, I will take it.”

Dahlin is such a good player, but the great ones are never satisfied. Dahlin said, “I’m working on getting stronger in the gym and my defense right now because I have to play good in the D-zone to play on the higher level, so I think that is the biggest thing.”

The Sabres drafted Victor Olofsson in the 7th round of the 2014 Entry Draft and the kid could turn out to be a diamond in the rough from Tim Murray’s first Sabres draft which right now, is just Sam Reinhart being a player.

Olofsson scored 27 goals in 50 games playing with Frolunda HC last season. Dahlin said, “He has the best shot that I’ve ever seen, his shot is amazing, so put him on the power play and he will score so many goals.”

Olofsson will likely start in Rochester, but Dahlin will definitely start in Buffalo.

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