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Rasmus Dahlin

Date of Birth April 13, 2000
Height 6' 1
Weight 184
Country Sweden
Position Defense
Shoots Left
Amateur Team Gothenburg Frolunda HC
2018 NHL Mock DraftRd # Team
DraftSite Mock Draft Projection11Buffalo Buffalo
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Additional Information I am not sure I can say anything that hasn't been said about Rasmus Dahlin. The team selecting first overall will not hesitate at the chance to select what might be the best prospect at the defense position in the last decade. It's easy to argue that very many of the National Hockey League teams really don't have true number one defenseman, just players talented enough to play big minutes and do a decent job. Some of these number one defenders are average or under-sized players that push the pace and do a decent job in their own end. This young man is capable of being a true number one, based on his size terrific puck skills, four-way skating ability, and an edge that sets him a notch above rookie status the first time he hits NHL ice. The difference in his selection and those defenseman chosen early in past drafts is his world-class feet and puck-handling ability, combined with good size, confidence, on-ice edge and tremendous upside. You cannot teach the abilities that he displays and he basically is a plug and play first pair defenseman you immerse in the NHL game with little apprehension of failure to improve to the impact level NHL defender. He will need to add pounds and get thicker. He is going to be given a long rope ala Eric Karlsson, to take chances with his carries, in his puck battles, and over- handles. His desire to win and his confidence in his own abilities sometimes result in questionable decisions or a result in undersciplined penalties. All that is part and parcel of the aggressive package he is. You can watch him representing his homeland Sweden in the Olympics. He is a winner and wants to win. No NHL club will complain about this if they are afforded the luck to chose the clear-cut best player and building block in this year’s draft. The description, "lightning is a bottle" suit him due to his high end skating and puck skills and the reckless abandon he approaches . Fairly thin but has room for muscle mass. His tremendous mobility and accurate passing ability and lack of shyness physically are the foundations he will build the rest of his game around. He still over-handles the puck, takes silly penalties and gambles with many carries. Still loses possession due to trying to be the one man solution. You can't ignore the world class skills he possesses, you simply help him hone them to fit the NHL attack.

--Bill Placzek--

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