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The Rasmus Dahlin sweepstakes are set to go.
The fate of the flashy Swedish defenceman — the consensus choice to be selected first overall in the NHL draft in June — will be decided at the NHL draft lottery on Saturday night in Toronto.
The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers are among the 15 non-playoff teams with a shot at the top pick. the six-foot-two Dahlin, whose dazzling moves for Frolunda in Sweden’s top league have circulated on social media all season, is said by scouts to have enough talent to transform an NHL franchise.
For the Sabres, winning the lottery could put the crowning piece on a rebuild that has seen them land Rasmus Ristolainen, Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel, Alex Nylander and Casey Mittelstdt with first-round picks in their last five drafts.
Buffalo is due, having finished last overall but losing the lottery in 2014, when Aaron Ekblad went first to Florida, and 2015, when Edmonton got Connor McDavid, back when the lottery was only for the first pick.
Then again, only seven last-place teams have won since the first lottery in 1995, although some still got the top pick because, until 2012, the winner could move up a maximum of four spots in the draft order.
Landing Dahlin would be a relief for Ottawa, which is agonizing over whether it can re-sign star defenceman Erik Karlsson. Imagine how quickly the puck would move with Karlsson and Dahlin on the blue line?
Arizona has the same questions about defence veteran Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Montreal has a gaping hole on defence since the departure of Andrei Markov. Dahlin could slip into the left defence spot next to Shea Weber and fix that.
The Canucks are already awaiting the arrival of Elias Pettersson, who set the junior-aged scoring record in the Swedish league this season. Adding another Swedish star, to go with 21-year-old phenom Brock Boeser, would make things interesting indeed.
There will be groans everywhere except northern Alberta if the Oilers win yet another lottery. But if it happens, the 30 other teams can contemplate how to stop a Dahlin-McDavid combination.
The Calgary Flames would have had a 2.5 per cent chance, but they sent their first pick to the New York Islanders in the Travis Hamonic deal. The Isles also have their own pick, which carries 3.5 per cent lottery odds.
Other teams with a shot are Detroit (8.5 per cent), Chicago (6.5), the New York Rangers (6.0), Carolina (3.0), Dallas (2.0) Philadelphia (from St. Louis, 1.5) and Florida (1.0).
Dahlin is a smart two-way defenseman who can play in any situation. He is a terrific skater and stick handler who can rush the puck, or join the attack in a hurry. Impressive agility makes him a good one-on-one defender. He has fine passing ability, and altough not a big-time bomber, he has an accurate shot from the point. Not one to shy away from the physical game, Dahlin is an accomplished open-ice hitter. A young player, he must learn when to make the simpler play. Adding more weight should help him in board battles and around the crease.
It was supposed to be a two-horse race, with Andrei Svechnikov set to put up a big challenge for the position of consensus first overall pick. But in the end, Rasmus Dahlin has separated himself from the pack to be the clear favourite to go number one in the 2018 NHL Draft. As one scout put it, “He would go as number one if he chose to play as a forward, too.”
Weight: 192 lbs.
Youth team: HC Lidköping, Sweden
Pro team: Frölunda HC, SHL
Dahlin made his debut in the professional ranks as a 16 year old; one of the youngest ever to suit up in the Swedish Hockey League. He broke the mould when he suited up in the WJC at that age, and then shattered it altogether when he got selected to the Swedish Olympic Team in PyeongChang.
What has been said about the big defender could already fill a book, and he just turned 18 a few days ago. He has a fluid style of play, and sometimes it seems that he can see the game at another speed than the others on the ice.
While he is a defender, Dahlin’s highlight reel mostly consists of his skill in the offensive zone, something that has made his stats stand out at every level
Having bulked up in the summer, it helped Dahlin develop into a more complete player, and the defender mostly known for his daredevil style of play in the offensive zone took his biggest step on the defensive side of the puck this season.
In this video we look at : Rasmus Dahlin who is touted so far to go first overall in the 2018 Nhl Draft these are some highlights from the Frölunda and world juniors
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