Swedish teen top NHL Draft pick Dahlin signs with Buffalo Sabres

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Swedish teen top NHL Draft pick Dahlin signs with Buffalo Sabres
Rasmus Dahlin. Photo: Jeffrey T Barnes/AP

Swedish teen defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, the top pick in last month's National Hockey League Draft, signed a three-year contract Monday with the Buffalo Sabres.


No financial terms were disclosed but it was expected to be for the maximum $11.325 million allowed under rules on extra-level NHL deals.

Dahlin, who turned 18 in April, scored eight goals and set-up 15 others in 67 games for Swedish league side Frolunda over the past two seasons, the most ever by an under-18 Swedish league defenceman.

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"It has been a dream since I was a little kid," Dahlin said of playing in the NHL. "It has been a long wait and you can't really plan anything, but finally I can plan my future and I love to call my new town Buffalo."

Dahlin, the first Swedish player selected first overall in the NHL Draft since Quebec picked Mats Sundin in 1989, helped Sweden to a silver medal at this year's World Junior Championship in Buffalo.

At 17, Dahlin was the youngest player at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.


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