Buffalo Sabres Report Cards – #26 Rasmus Dahlin

82 GP 7 goals 35 assists 42 points

Grade A-

End of the Year Awards

  • Phil Housley award for most points as an 18-year-old defenseman (second-most all-time in the NHL)

Strengths

  • Mental Toughness
  • Powerplay ability
  • Skating
  • Confidence

Homework for the Offseason

  • Gain Strength
  • Adjust to new teammates and coaches
  • Clean up defensively

Memorable Highlight

Analysis

In Rasmus Dahlin’s rookie campaign as an 18-year-old, he statistically put up the 2nd best 18-year-old season ever. Dahlin showed why he was drafted first overall by displaying his unique set of skills on the ice. It wasn’t just his skills that set him apart from the other young players throughout NHL history. It was his mental toughness, as he never let a bad play get to his head, and as an 18 year old new to this level of hockey that’s quite impressive.

With one year under his belt playing valuable minutes, we could see an increase in production. The Sabres acquired two right-shot defensemen in Colin Miller and Henri Jokiharju. Therefore, life on the blue line will only get easier for Dahlin as he matures. It is important this season that he cleans up the small things to widen his skill set even more. If he can do that, then the sky is the limit.

Points Prediction

75 GP 8 goals, 47 assists 55 points

Potential Partners

Colin Miller
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Brandon Montour
(Courtesy of Dinur Blum @rabbi_d via Flickr)


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