Dahlin signs his entry-level contract with the Sabres

The 18-year-old defenseman is now under contract for the next three-years

Brayton Wilson
July 09, 2018 - 10:18 am

Photo: Micheline Michaelina - Rochester Americans

The Buffalo Sabres have their 2018 first round pick under contract for the next three years.

The Sabres announced on Monday that the team has signed defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to his three-year entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old was taken as the first overall pick by the Sabres in the 2018 NHL Draft nearly three weeks ago.

The native of Lidköping, Sweden put up 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) over the past two seasons with the Frölunda Indians in the Swedish Hockey League. Dahlin also added eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 20 career postseason contests in the SHL.

Last season, Dahlin registered seven goals and 20 points in 41 games with Frölunda, and appeared on Sweden's National Team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. In the tournament, Dahlin registered six assists while winning a silver medal with Sweden and being honored as the best defenseman of the tournament as a 17-year-old. Dahlin was also named to the Swedish National Team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, becoming the youngest player to appear in the Olympics since 1984.

Dahlin was also on the Swedish roster for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal, scoring a goal and an assist in seven games.

Dahlin became just the third player in franchise history to be selected as the first overall pick, joining Gilbert Perrault in 1970 and Pierre Turgeon in 1987.

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