Dahlin factored into the Sabres' lone goal Thursday, recording a secondary assist in a 5-1 road loss to the Sharks. Chosen first overall in this year's draft, Dahlin's going to be under the proverbial microscope for a long time. This is a bit unfair, as the Swede is only 18 years old, but here we are seven games into Buffalo's schedule and he's already showing that he can handle a decent amount of minutes. Dahlin is averaging 18:58 of ice time, with two and a half minutes attributed to the man advantage. Fantasy owners have also been treated to one goal and two helpers from the prospect who forms the second defensive pair with Jake McCabe. The next big hurdle for Dahlin is to get that first power-play point out of the way, but when that happens, you can bet it will be the first of many to come.
Dahlin went point-less with a minus-two rating in Tuesday's loss to the Golden Knights. Dahlin had just scored his first career goal against the Coyotes last Saturday, and picked up his first apple the game prior to that, but wasn't able to keep the success going in Sin City. However, he did log almost six minutes of ice on the man-advantage. He's bound to have his ups and downs in his first year, but if he continues to get the opportunities he's been receiving, it's only a matter of time before his point production takes off.
Dahlin is already the second busiest defenseman on the Sabres roster at even strength, Travis Yost of The Buffalo News reports. The rookie skated 22:37 in the opener, which included 1:01 of power play time, and 17:05 in Saturday's win, which included 48 seconds on the power play. Dahlin hasn't scored yet and it looks like he'll be deployed for now on the second power play unit, with Rasmus Ristolainen quarterbacking the first unit as the Sabres look like they're joining the growing trend of teams that use four forwards on the PP. That's leaving almost all the other blueliners with little or no power-play time, though given Dahlin's fine puck skills it'd be a surprise to see him come off that unit, and he might even get some first-unit looks as he gets more familiar with the NHL game.
Dahlin, the first overall pick from this year's draft, made his NHL debut against the visiting Bruins on Thursday. He failed to record a shot, but doled out two hits over 22:37 of ice time in the 4-0 home loss. It's only one game and Dahlin will be just fine offensively. The biggest takeaway from his debut is that he received plenty of rink run (including 1:01 of power play time) and didn't seem to have a problem physically asserting himself. Besides, the Bruins were fresh off an embarrassing 7-0 road loss to the Capitals the previous night, meaning Boston's heightened urgency in getting its act together likely made it tougher on Dahlin in his first NHL contest. Changing your approach with the Swede, who is a supposed generational talent, simply is ill-advised.
Dahlin will make his NHL debut in Thursday's season opener against Boston. The 2018 first overall pick lived up to the hype during preseason play, notching one goal and three points while going plus-1 in four appearances. He'll look to pick up his first career regular-season point in what appears to be a favorable matchup with a Bruins club that was just shelled for seven goals Wednesday against the Capitals.
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