The Buffalo Sabres announced this morning that they’ve officially signed Rasmus Dahlin, the first overall selection from this past June’s 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Financial terms of the deal have not been released, but it’s probably safe to assume that Dahlin, as a first overall selection, has earned himself the NHL’s maximum rookie salary of $925,000 annually on a three year deal.
It's expected that the 18 year old defenseman who stand 6 foot 3 inches tall and weight 190 pounds will step into the team's opening day roster and establish himself as the team's #1 or #2 defenseman ahead or behind fellow namesake Rasmus Ristolainen. Together, under the tutelage of legendary defenseman Phil Housley, the two Rasmus' are being counted on to herald in a new era on the Sabres' blue line. Up front youngsters Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Casey Mittelstadt will be counted on to help the team transition from the Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane led offense that it has boasted the past few seasons.
All in all, today is a great day for Sabres fans.
Read below for the full press release courtesy of the team’s official website:
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract.Dahlin (6’3”, 185 lbs., 4/13/2000) was taken by Buffalo with the first overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft last month in Dallas. He became just the third player to be taken No. 1 overall by the Sabres, joining Gilbert Perreault (1970) and Pierre Turgeon (1987).
The defenseman appeared in his second professional season in 2017-18, posting 20 points (7+13) and tying for fourth among all SHL defensemen with seven goals in 41 games. Through two SHL seasons, he has totaled 23 points (8+15) in 67 regular-season games, adding eight points (4+4) in 20 postseason contests.
A native of Lidköping, Sweden, Dahlin won a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. His six points (0+6), plus-7 rating and 23:08 average ice time at the tournament all led or tied to lead his team, helping him earn Best Defenseman honors and a spot on the tournament All-Star Team.Dahlin also represented Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship as a 16-year-old and, at 17, was the youngest player at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.