It seems like this could be a but too early to predict, after all, Rasmus Dahlin has yet to step on the ice in the America, or in the National Hockey League for that matter. However, it is normal that when you were selected with the very first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, expectations are quite high for you and what you can do for a team which has been in a lot of trouble like the Buffalo Sabres.
The same expectations were placed on captain Connor McDavid with the Edmonton Oilers, on Auston Matthews with the Toronto Maple Leafs and especially on star player Sidney Crosby when he joined the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2005.
However, it feels like they weren't shoved under the bus when the time came to make the fantasy predictions and which players are expected to be a bust for the new season. The Score came up with a list of five players who are expected to be fantasy busts in 2018-19, and after listing Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux, Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom, Vegas Golden Knights' William Karlsson and Maple Leafs' Name Kadri, The Score ended with poor Dahlin, whose evaluation is quite brutal.
Here, read down below what it says:
The chances of Rasmus Dahlin being a real-life bust are awfully slim, but in fantasy, they're quite high. Even though the potentially generational blue-liner has drawn comparisons to both Erik Karlsson and Nicklas Lidstrom, it's best not to get too excited about him from a fantasy perspective - at least in his first season.
Some rankings project he'll be drafted as early as Round 6 or 7, and ahead of consistent point producers from the back end like Kris Letang, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Keith Yandle, and Tyson Barrie. Dahlin would need to get 50 points - or at least close to it - to justify such selection in non-keeper leagues.
Only two 18-year-old defensemen have ever cracked the 40-point plateau: Bobby Orr in 1966-67 with 41, and, funnily enough, Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley, who put up 66 in 1982-83.
The sky is the limit for Dahlin's career. However, it will take time for him to adjust to not only the NHL but North America in general before he becomes an elite fantasy defenseman.
Bust potential: ☠☠☠☠
Is this fair? Let's hope for Sabres fans it only remains a fantasy and that the reality of Dahlin's first season in the NHL will be much better.
Source: The Score
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