The Sabres removed Asplund from their taxi squad and loaned him to AHL Rochester on Thursday.
Carter Hutton is dealing with an upper-body injury, so Buffalo had to send Asplund down in order to make room for Dustin Tokarski on the taxi squad ahead of Friday's match versus Washington. The 23-year-old Asplund will likely rejoin the taxi squad as soon as Hutton is ready to return.
Per Cap Friendly, the Sabres reassigned Asplund to the taxi squad Wednesday.
The 23-year-old rose to the active roster from the taxi squad for Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia, managing two shots across 7:20 of ice time. Expect Asplund to spend the bulk of his time between the active roster and taxi squad this season. In his stead, Tage Thompson could enter the lineup for Friday's game against the Capitals.
Asplund was recalled from the taxi squad Tuesday.
It's unclear if Asplund will play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, but he'll at least serve as pregame injury insurance. The 23-year-old played 29 games last season, logging three points, 36 shots on net and 20 hits.
The Sabres assigned Asplund to their taxi squad Wednesday.
Asplund was unable to secure a spot on Buffalo's 23-man roster during training camp, but he'll be one of the first players the team turns to if and when injuries arise. The 23-year-old forward picked up three points in 29 NHL appearances and 19 points in 33 minor-league contests last season.
Asplund has been recalled from his loan with Vasteras IK of Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan league, Kris Baker of The Athletic reports.
Asplund played pretty well during his time in Sweden's second-tier league, picking up four goals and nine points in 14 contests. The two-way forward split time between the AHL and NHL in 2019-20, totaling 19 points in 33 minor-league contests and three points in 29 top-level appearances. He'll be in the mix for a spot in the Sabres' bottom six during training camp, but even if he's able to secure a spot on the Opening Night roster, he won't produce enough offense to warrant fantasy consideration in 2020-21.
Asplund will link up with Swedish second-tier club Vasteras for the start of the 2020-21 campaign, per Brayton J. Wilson of WGR.
Asplund logged 29 games for the Sabres this season in which he garnered one goal, two assists and 36 shots while averaging 10:50 of ice time. The center also appeared in 33 games for AHL Rochester, in which he tallied 19 points. After starting the year overseas, Asplund figures to return to the Sabres ahead of training camp and could make a push for a consistent spot on the 23-man roster.
The Sabres reassigned Asplund to AHL Rochester on Saturday.
Asplund was recalled earlier in the week as injury relief, but he's been a healthy scratch for the last two games. The 22-year-old is better off in the minors getting consistent top-six minutes and fine-tuning his craft.
The Sabres recalled Asplund from AHL Rochester on Tuesday.
The Sabres revealed a slew of injuries ahead of Tuesday's game versus the Avalanche, so Asplund's services were needed at the top level. He'll play on the fourth line against the Avs. The 2016 second-round pick (33rd overall) has played 28 games with the big club this year, recording three points and 34 shots on net.
The Sabres reassigned Asplund to AHL Rochester on Sunday.
With the Sabres heading into an off-week with the NHL All-Star break ahead, the team chose to send Asplund to the minors. The Swede will get valuable ice time in the minors, as Rochester has four games across the upcoming week. Asplund has racked up eight points in 13 AHL games this campaign.
Asplund hasn't found the scoresheet in 13 games.
The 22-year-old rookie has been juggled around the lineup. This includes seeing time on Jack Eichel's line. Asplund is a rookie, so the expectations to score aren't high. However, given Buffalo's injuries up front, this would be a perfect time for Asplund to capitalize on some opportunities and earn a bigger role going forward. Thus far, he has three points in 26 games.
Asplund scored his first career goal on his lone shot of the game in Monday's 7-1 win over New Jersey.
The rookie took a feed just above the left faceoff dot and beat New Jersey goaltender Louis Domingue with a quick snap shot in the final minute of the opening period. Asplund was recalled from AHL Rochester on Nov. 15 and has averaged less than 12 minutes of playing time in his 10 games, contributing a goal and an assist. Both of his points have come in the last four games.
Asplund notched his first career NHL point in Wednesday's loss to the Flames.
The point was generated while shorthanded. Asplund blocked a pass in the Flames zone, allowing Jimmy Vesey to break in alone and bury it. Asplund is only averaging 11:41 of average ice time, and he hasn't really shown much offensive flare. He's logging heavy penalty kill time though -- 2:57 per game -- so he may be able to carve out a more permanent role in Buffalo's bottom six.
Asplund will make his NHL debut Saturday against the Senators, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Asplund was recalled from AHL Rochester on Friday, and since Johan Larsson (upper body) has officially been ruled out, the 21-year-old will finally take the ice at the top level. The 33rd-overall pick by Buffalo in 2016, Asplund has toiled in the minors since the start of last season, accumulating 11 goals and 49 points over 88 games. He figures to center a bottom-six line.
Asplund was recalled from AHL Rochester on Friday.
Asplund has earned his promotion by racking up eight goals in 13 games for the Americans this season. The Sabres are heading into a back-to-back Saturday and Sunday versus the Senators and Blackhawks, respectively, so his call-up could be as simple as the team adding additional forward depth. If Asplund does suit up during his stint in the NHL, it will likely come at the expense of Curtis Lazar.
Asplund has been assigned to AHL Rochester.
The 2016 second-round selection survived late into training camp, but ultimately wasn't able to secure a spot with the big club. Asplund put up 41 points in 75 games during his first campaign in Rochester. He has room to grow, and the continuation of his development could lead to an NHL debut later this year.
Asplund picked up three assists in AHL Rochester's 5-2 win over Utica on Wednesday.
It was Asplund's best game of the season by a country mile. In fact, the diminutive Swede had just four points in 21 games this year prior to Wednesday's outburst. Asplund has a high motor and he's decent defensively, so he still has some value even if he isn't hitting the scoresheet, but Buffalo's second-round pick in 2016 (33rd overall) needs to pick up the pace offensively.
Asplund signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Buffalo on Wednesday.
While he may not be the Rasmus most Sabres fans are concerned about right now, securing their 2016 second-round pick to a three-year deal is certainly another positive step in Buffalo's rebuild process. Remember, Asplund was drafted 33rd overall in the draft, so it's possible that some teams had him pegged going late in the first round. He was very impressive this season with Farjestad BK in the Swedish League with 28 points in 50 games and as a 20-year-old was considered both a key player and an on-ice leader. As a four-year veteran of the SHL, it's conceivable Asplund makes the jump to the NHL right away. He's a two-way player with quick feet and some speed, something the Sabres definitely need more of, and perhaps his ability to play center will allow them to play Casey Mittelstadt on the wing so the burden doesn't feel so huge. Asplund does not have an European Assignment Clause so if he doesn't make the Sabres he'll go to AHL Rochester where he'll likely play a big role.
Asplund is expected to make the jump across the pond and join the Sabres next season, The Buffalo News reports.
Asplund has yet to be signed but contract negotiations should not pose a huge challenge. Drafted in 2016 with the 33rd overall pick, Asplund just wrapped up a 28-point season with Farjestad in the SHL. The 20-year-old is a two-way center but might need a little seasoning in the AHL before he makes the jump to the NHL. Buffalo's not expected to compete for a playoff spot, so there's little to be gained from having a rookie hang around a team that won't win many games -- just ask Rasmus Ristolainen or Zemgus Girgensons how tough their careers have been so far. Asplund will likely slot in as a third-line center behind Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt down the road if Ryan O'Reilly is no longer around.
Asplund won the Craig Ramsay Award at the Sabres' development camp, which is awarded to the hardest-working player.
A second-round pick from 2016, Asplund set career highs with six goals and 19 points in 39 games with Farjestad BK of the Swedish League last season, his third with the big club. He's a two-way player lauded for his high hockey IQ, but at 19 years old, he still isn't strong or experienced enough to make the jump to North America. He'll spend the 2017-18 season in Sweden.
Asplund, the No. 33 selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, will stay in Sweden for another season, The Buffalo News reports.
This is probably for the best, as Asplund is still just 19 years old and a ways off from a meaningful role in Buffalo. With the Sabres' organization in rebuilding mode, the youngster's development is probably best served by staying home for one more season. The knock on Asplund's game is that he struggles against bigger players, so at some point -- once his body and game fill out more -- he'll need to prove himself against players with NHL size before he gets a legit chance to make his mark with the Sabres.
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