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Sabres sign top pick Rasmus Dahlin to entry-level deal

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FILE - In this Monday, June 25, 2018, file photo, Rasmus Dahlin, left, of Sweden, the Buffalo Sabres No. 1 pick in the NHL hockey draft poses with Sabres general manager Jason Botterill during a news conference in Buffalo N.Y. Dahlin has created an instant buzz in Buffalo, where the NHL’s top draft pick has drawn crowds of 2,000 during the Sabres’ four-day prospect development camp. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres have signed top draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Buffalo selected the 18-year-old defenseman from Sweden with the first pick in last month’s draft.

The signing was announced by the team Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The maximum value of an entry-level contract for a No. 1 pick is $11.325 million over three years.

Dahlin is expected to make an immediate jump to the NHL after playing two seasons with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Dahlin’s skating and playmaking abilities have drawn comparisons to elite Swedish defensemen such as Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and former Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom.


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