April 03, 2018

Rasmus Dahlin shut down for the season: “I need to recover”

Rasmus Dahlin. Photo: Bildbyrån

Rasmus Dahlin won’t play any more hockey this season. The 17 year-old defenseman, destined to go first overall at the NHL entry draft in Dallas in June, made his decision known through his club team Frölunda Indians on Tuesday.

In a press release, Dahlin notes that it has been a long and very challenging season in terms of travelling and playing games on different continents.

Besides playing for Frölunda in the SHL as well as in the Champions Hockey League , he was also on the Swedish World Junior Championship squad in Buffalo. Shortly after that tournament ended, he was also on the Swedish Olympic roster and played two games in Pyeongchang.
“I need to recover. It’s been a very intense year and a lot will happen this summer. I need to think what’s best for me long term. My whole career is  ahead of me”, Dahlin said in the press release.

What this means is that Dahlin won’t be on Team Sweden’s roster at either the U18 World Junior Championships in Russia later this month, or at the World Championships in Denmark next month.

Swedish U18 head coach Torgny Bendelin released his roster for the WJC earlier today without Dahlin, starting speculations about the youngster’s health. But there’s no apparent injury that puts an end to his season, rather fatigue and a desire to reload the batteries a head of the entry draft.

Frölunda general manager, former NHL:er Fredrik Sjöström, thinks that Dahlin is doing the right thing.
“I know how much the national team means to Rasmus, but I support him in his decision”, Sjöström said. “It’s been a really long season with a lot of games. With that in mind, I think it’s the sane thing to do. Rasmus has had a season that a lot of players his age never get to experience.”

Frölunda lost it’s quarterfinal series to Malmö, meaning that Rasmus Dahlin most probably has played his last game in Sweden for a very long time. He ended the season with seven goals and 20 points in 41 SHL games, notching a new SHL record for most points by a defenseman under the age of 18. In the playoffs. he added a goal and two helpers in six games.

Without Dahlin on the Swedish U18 roster, a lot of attention will land on the second highest ranked Swede ahead of this year’s draft, Adam Boqvist of Brynäs. The skilled defenseman leads an intriguing d-core with colleagues such as Adam Ginning, Filip Johansson, Nils Lundkvist and Axel Andersson, who are all ranked fairly high ahead by different scouting services. The one player missing besides Dahlin is Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds’ rookie sensation Rasmus Sandin, who is in the middle of what could be a very deep playoff run with a stacked team.

Here’s what the Swedish team looks like in the absence of the two Rasmuses:

GOALIES
1. Olof Lindbom – Djurgården
29. Jesper Wallstedt – Västerås
30. Jesper Eliasson – Troja/Ljungby

DEFENSEMEN
2. Fredrik Granberg – Skellefteå
3. Adam Boqvist – Brynäs
4. Tobias Björnfot – Djurgården
5. Filip Johansson – Leksand
6. Axel Andersson – Djurgården
7. Nils Lundkvist – Luleå
10. Adam Ginning – Linköping

FORWARDS
11. Oskar Bäck – Färjestad
12. David Lilja – Bofors IK Karlskoga
13. David Gustafsson – HV71
15. Filip Hållander – Timrå
16. Samuel Fagemo – Frölunda
17. Jonatan Berggren – Skellefteå
19. Nils Höglander – AIK
21. Jacob Olofsson – Timrå
22. Nikola Pasic – Linköping
23. Lukas Wernblom – Modo
24. Albin Grewe – Djurgården
25. Linus Nässén – Frölunda
26. Marcus Westfält – Brynäs

@UffeBodin

June 19, 2018

EP Premium – a new beginning

When Johan Nilsson registered www.eliteprospects.com in his dorm room in Kalmar, Sweden back in 1999, he probably didn’t envision himself serving millions of ho...
June 19, 2018

Vitali Kravtsov – in the footsteps of Yevgeni Kuznetsov

Vitali Kravtsov was born in Vladivostok, in the far east of Russia. Today, the city has it’s own KHL team, but when he grew up, the hockey boom was yet to...
June 14, 2018

Nils Lundkvist – a Swedish surprise a head of the draft

When the 2017/18 season started, he was pretty much an unknown commodity in Swedish hockey. As we approach the 2018 NHL Entry draft in Dallas, Nils Lundkvist co...
May 23, 2018

PROSPECT REPORT: Detroit’s run of success finally caught up to them

After an unprecedented two-decade-long period of success that saw four Stanley Cup championships and the Hall of Fame careers of players like Steve Yzerman, Nic...
May 10, 2018

PROSPECT REPORT: After disappointing season – can the Canadiens reload quickly?

If you were to sum up the 2017-18 season for the Montreal Canadiens you could probably do it in a thousand words. Or, you could do it with just one: disappointm...
May 07, 2018

PROSPECT REPORT: Svechnikov or Zadina – tough choice awaits the Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes faithful may soon see the fortunes of their beleaguered franchise shift after the Canes exited the April 28th NHL draft lottery with the...
May 04, 2018

From July to May – Lias Andersson’s long journey continues

How much hockey can you play without getting burned out? If you are to believe Lias Andersson, there’s no upper limit.  And he should know. The 19 year-ol...
April 30, 2018

Swedish Olympian to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs

At 26 years of age, he’s not by any means a prospect anymore. But Pär Lindholm is a late-bloomer who has had two seasons of great progress with Skellefteå...
April 29, 2018

Clock is ticking for Valeri Nichushkin – can he make a triumphant return to the NHL?

When Valeri Nichushkin was drafted by the Dallas Stars with the 10th overall pick in 2013, it was a bit of a surprise. After all, the Russian was picked ahead o...
April 26, 2018

PROSPECT REPORT: Senators strong at center, in need of game-changer

The Ottawa Senators made a lot of noise this season. Just not the right kind of noise. Coming off a 2016-17 campaign in which the  franchise reached its third e...
April 26, 2018

Erik Brännström cherishes the opportunity to compete with NHL stars

One by one, the established NHL players have taken over the Swedish World Championship squad. Stars like Oliver Ekman Larsson, John Klingberg and Mika Zibanejad...
April 24, 2018

Adam Boqvist looking forward to his second NHL draft

Unlike most of his peers, Adam Boqvist went to the NHL Entry Draft one summer before it was his draft year. Not because he wanted to learn about the event, take...
April 23, 2018

PROSPECT REPORT: The Coyotes are better than they seem

It was another difficult season in the desert as the Coyotes finished with the worst record in the Western Conference. But, under the radar, Arizona had a solid...
April 23, 2018

Elias Pettersson – Swedish hockey’s new golden boy

The expectations were certainly high when Växjö Lakers signed Elias Pettersson to a three-year deal in early April last year. The young forward had just finishe...
April 18, 2018

The Playoff Report – which prospects are excelling in the postseason?

The old trusted adage that you need grit and experience to succeed in the playoffs is proving less and less true every day. Every day reports filter in from var...
April 13, 2018

Swedish prospect Filip Hållander to miss the World Juniors

Team Sweden will already be without first overall pick to be, Rasmus Dahlin, when the U18 World Championships starts in Russia next week. Unfortunately for the...
April 11, 2018

“The Black Ace” – a badge of honor for an NHL prospect

As legend has it, the origins of the term Black Ace can be traced back centuries. 1876, to be specific. That is the year in which famous Old West lawman “Wild B...
April 10, 2018

PROSPECT REPORT: The Sabres need to win the draft lottery

The Buffalo Sabres became the first team ever to finish 31st in the NHL this year.  For their struggles, the Sabres will have the highest odds at the draft lott...
April 09, 2018

Oilers prospects turning heads during Swedish playoffs

Edmonton Oilers’ fans didn’t have a whole lot to cheer about this season. Outside of Connor McDavid‘s second straight Art Ross Trophy, which i...
April 05, 2018

The next batch – rookies that could rule the NHL in 2019

The Calder Memorial Trophy of 2018 hasn’t even been handed out yet and still you want us to take a look at next year’s candidates? Really? Fair enough then, let...