Rasmus Dahlin said he likes Buffalo

June 01, 2018 - 5:48 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Rasmus Dahlin dressed like he was going to a business meeting as he met with the media on Friday at the NHL Combine.

Dahlin handled his 15 minute session very well answering questions on many different topics.

This is the second time Dahlin has been to Buffalo as he was also here for the World Junior Tournament. Dahlin said he’s been busy, but “If I’m coming here, I would love to be here. I heard they have great fans and everybody loves hockey here, so it seems like Buffalo is a great city.”

Dahlin said Sabres coach Phil Housley was not in on the interview he did with Jason Botterill and his staff. As far as what went on in that session, the young defenseman said, “It was similar to all the other meetings, so they just want to know who I am, what do I do off the ice and all that kind of stuff.”

I’m sure most of you have heard Dahlin be referred to as a generational player. He said he does not feel any pressure, “Not so much, I’ve learned to not think about it and just focus on what I can do every day.

“I just eat and sleep, because I have so many other things to think about, so I feel at ease, yes.”

After the Sabres interview, Botterill took him on a tour of the arena and the Sabres room. Dahlin said, “Everything is great here, at the World Juniors too. I played at the arena and it’s pretty awesome here, I love it here.”

Dahlin played in the Swedish Hockey League. Lawrence Pilut was named the league’s best defenseman, but Dahlin thought he did well too, “My season went so good, I learned so many things, so I think I’m ready right now to play in the NHL, so we’ll see what the team that picks me says.”

As far as Pilut being here, Dahlin has never met him, but he has played against him, “I’ve heard he’s coming here, he’s a great defenseman and was hard to play against, he’s a skilled D, a great passer with a great shot.”

The top prospects get to go to the Stanley Cup Finals and this year they’re attending a game in Washington. Dahlin doesn’t mind all the attention, “It’s pretty awesome actually, it’s the first time I’ve had so many cameras, so it’s fun, I love it.”

Some of the best defensemen to ever come out of Sweden include Nick Lidstrom, Borje Salming, Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman. Dahlin said he does have a favorite, “Erik Karlsson I think, he is skilled and overall a great leader.”

If you ask any player, they’ll tell you a list of things they could do better. Dahlin has his list too, “I need to improve on my defensive side, I need to get stronger and my shot too.

“I think my best thing is probably the hockey IQ.”

The Swedish Hockey League isn’t as good as the NHL, but it is a professional league. Dahlin said he had to get used to it, “I learned so many new things, I was competing against men. It wasn’t easy in the beginning, but I learned, did more weights and by the end of the season, I was feeling kind of comfortable on the ice.”

Dahlin will take part in the testing on Saturday morning.

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