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CANUCKSARMY’S 2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILES: #1 Rasmus Dahlin

In the most shocking twist of these draft rankings, we have Frolunda defenceman Rasmus Dahlin ranked as the premier prospect in this year’s draft class.

All jokes aside, Dahlin is in a league in his own for this group and will make his way to the podium as the first overall pick in just over a week’s time.

He is a dominant and exciting defenceman that will be in the NHL in October.

Let’s close out the 2018 CanucksArmy prospect rankings with a look at Rasmus Dahlin.

Bio

  • Age/Birthdate: 17.42/ April 13, 2000
  • Birthplace:SWE
  • Frame:6-foot-2/ 183 lbs
  • Position:D
  • Handedness:L
  • Draft Year Team:Frolunda HC(SHL)
  • Accomplishments/Awards:
  • 2015-2016
    • J18 SM Gold Medal
    • TV-Pucken Best Defenseman (Lill-Strimmas Stipendium)
    • U16 SM Best Defenseman
  • 2016-2017
    • Champions Hockey League Champion
    • J20 SuperElit (Top) Most Penalized Player (56)
  • 2017-2018
    • SHL Most Points by U18 Junior (20)
    • Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year (Årets Junior)
    • U20 WJC All-Star Team
    • U20 WJC Best Defenseman
    • U20 WJC Silver Medal
    • U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team

Stats

Career

2017-18 Season

GP G A P SEAL INV% 5v5 Pr INV% 5v5 eP160 Sh/Gp Sh% GF% GF%rel GD60rel XLS% XPR xVAL
41 7 13 20 2.07 15.6% 13.6% 1.00 2.05 8% 54.5% 2.5% 0.25 0% 0 0

Adjusted Scoring (SEAL)

Team Relative

Our Take

You’ll notice that there is no cohort section above and that’s simply because there are no comparable players in SHL history to Dahlin. He produced in the SHL as a regular at the age of 17. He led all U19 players in points, and trailed only Elias Pettersson (he’s okay I guess) and Marcus Davidsson in U20 points. Here are the accolades for just this year:

  • SHL Most Points by U18 Junior (20)
  • Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year (Årets Junior)
  • U20 WJC All-Star Team
  • U20 WJC Best Defenseman
  • U20 WJC Silver Medal
  • U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team

There isn’t much to add that hasn’t already been said about Dahlin. He produced well for the role afforded him in a professional league. When playing against his peers on the international stage, Dahlin was the best player on the ice using his dynamic skating and puck control skills to dance around opponents without recourse.

He runs the power-play with the best of them, displaying excellent passing skills, a heavy shot, active movement and hockey IQ to create. He is able to carry the puck out of his zone, through the neutral zone, and into the offensive zone at will.

His skating is among the best in this draft class with excellent edge-work, lateral movement, and speed — all while controlling the puck and making moves with complete control.

Dahlin has creative vision and anticipation that allows him to spring his teammates with long bombs of passes or through a quick pass and then support on the rush. He appears to have ice in his veins whenever he is out there — just controlling the game while making a noticeable impact.

In his own zone, his positioning, movement and reads are great. He combines all three to effectively shut down opponents and then move the puck out of the zone. He doesn’t get danced by opponents. His gap control is strong using his skating abilities, active stick and physical play to snuff out attacks into his zone.

He isn’t afraid to be physical along the boards and in the corners. He has shown the ability to find and nail the big hit in open ice and does so in a manner that he isn’t out of position and cleanly.

Dahlin has all the makings of a franchise defenceman and will be selected by the Buffalo Sabres with the first overall pick. He should help that organization build towards a better future with him dishing the puck to Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt for the foreseeable future.

It can be hard to evaluate a player like Dahlin because he is just so good and so much better than every other player in this draft class. All you can do is sit back and tune in for his inevitable NHL debut this fall.

Further Reading

Consolidated Average Future Considerations Hockey Prospect.com ISS Hockey McKeen’s The Athletic TSN Bob McKenzie TSN Craig Button The Hockey News Sportsnet ESPN Dobber Prospects
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From Future Considerations:

A dominant rearguard, he’s got powerful strides. He’s shown that he can move around very smoothly in all directions, which allows him to buy time at the blue line. He’s able to move laterally, escaping the puck-chasers and opening up passing lanes. An always noticeable player, he brings an incredible presence to both ends of the rink. He has tremendous vision, an outstanding understanding of the game. He can supply an extremely offensive game. He joins rushes whenever he can and he can carry the puck up ice with great speed and immense confidence. With his pace, he is able to shed opponents in the neutral zone with just two or three strides. If he opts to pass instead of rush, he’s capable of unleashing long and accurate outlet passes. It’s like he sees lanes before he even gets possession of the puck. Whenever he’s on the ice, his team is likely to receive an odd-man-rush opportunity. He never appears to be under pressure and he makes the right decision, thanks to his heads-up approach. Physically, he plays really solidly, closing gaps with sound physical play and winning lots of board battles. No opponent sneaks by him. His defensive game, overall, and his positioning are greatly improved. Occasionally, he’ll jump out of position to pursue a possible attack, but he’s very reliable. Impossible to beat one-on-one.

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CanucksArmy’s 2018 NHL Draft Rankings

#2 Andrei Svechnikov #3 Filip Zadina #4 Quinton Hughes
#5 Oliver Wahlstrom #6 Jesperi Kotkaniemi #7 EVAN BOUCHARD
#8 TY SMITH #9 BRADY TKACHUK #10 ADAM BOQVIST
#11 ISAC LUNDESTROM #12 NOAH DOBSON #13 JOSEPH VELENO
#14 JOEL FARABEE #15 AKIL THOMAS #16 RYAN MERKLEY
#17 BARRETT HAYTON #18 Rasmus Kupari #19 RYAN MCLEOD
#20 JONATAN BERGGREN #21 VITALI KRAVTSOV #22 ALEXANDER ALEXEYEV
#23 CALEN ADDISON #24 DOMINIK BOKK #25 SERRON NOEL
#26 MARTIN KAUT #27 DAVID GUSTAFSSON #28 JAKE WISE
#29 BODE WILDE #30 RASMUS SANDIN #31 COLE FONSTAD
#32 JETT WOO #33 ALLAN MCSHANE #34 K’ANDRE MILLER
#35 JACOB OLOFSSON #36 NATHAN DUNKLEY #37 NILS LUNDKVIST
#38 JONATHAN GRUDEN #39 FILIP HALLANDER #40 JARED MCISAAC
#41 Nicolas Beaudin #42 Jack McBain #43 Ty Dellandrea
#44 Jesse Ylonen #45 Mattias Samuelsson #46 Jonny Tychonick
#47 Niklas Nordgren #48 Aidan Dudas #49 GRIGORI DENISENKO
#50 KYLE TOPPING #51 BLADE JENKINS #52 SEAN DURZI
#53 JACK DRURY #54 JAKUB LAUKO #55 JACOB RAGNARSSON
#56 ANDERSON MACDONALD #57 ADAM GINNING #58 FILIP KRAL
#59 Albin Eriksson # 60 Adam Samuelsson #61 Cameron Hillis
#62 Philipp Kurashev #63 BLAKE MCLAUGHLIN #64 MARCUS WESTFELT
#65 MILOS ROMAN #66 OSKAR BACK #67 GABRIEL FORTIER
#68 RILEY SUTTER #69 YEGOR SOKOLOV #70 ALEXANDER KHOVANOV
#71 CURTIS DOUGLAS #72 BENOIT-OLIVIER GROULX #73 SAMPO RANTA
#74 MARCUS KARLBERG #75 AXEL ANDERSSON #76 DAVID LILJA
#77 KODY CLARK #78 DMITRY ZAVGORODNY #79 LINUS NYMAN
#80 LIAM FOUDY #81 LINUS KARLSSON #82 Jachym Kondelik
#83 SCOTT PERNOVICH #84 G JAKUB SKAREK #85 TY EMBERSON
#86 JAY O’BRIEN #87 CARL WASSENIUS #88 VLADISLAV KOTKOV
#89 EMIL WESTERLUND #90 JERRY TURKULAINEN #91 STANISLAV DEMIN
#92 TYLER MADDEN #93 JAN JENIK #94 G OLIVIER RODRIGUE
#95 XAVIER BERNARD #96 KRISTIAN TANUS #97 LUKAS WERNBLOM
#98 NANDO EGGENBERGER #99 MATTHEW STRUTHERS #100 SHAWN BOURDIAS

 

  • canesfan98

    Great prospects series guys, loved the statistical insights in the charts.
    Here’s my top 15
    Dahlin to BUF
    Svechnikov to CAR
    Zadina to MTL
    Tkachuk (unless OTT is scared of him staying in school and waiting them out to sign elsewhere, then Tkachuk and Wahlstrom switch)
    Bouchard to PHX
    Wahlstrom to DET
    Hughes to VAN
    Dobson to CHI
    Kotkaniemi to NYR
    Boqvist to EDM
    Veleno to NYI
    Farabee to NYI
    Noel to DAL
    Smith to PHI
    Kravtsov to FLA
    No analytics, just guessing and seeing how good the players are

    • Chris the Curmudgeon

      I’d love to end up with Quinn Hughes, but I don’t see Detroit passing on a University of Michigan product like Hughes, especially at a position of need like D. If we end up with Wahlstrom, and have to draft our defencemen in the later rounds, I could probably live with it.

      • canesfan98

        Detroit needs scoring, really badly. Zetterberg won’t last forever, and they need a winger to complement Larkin. They’ll go hard after Carlson, or even one of the 2019 D-men, so I see them taking a top scorer in Wahlstrom

  • Bert Diesel

    This list is my favourite thing on Canucks Army. Thanks for all the hard work Biech and Burke and all else. Wondering why Bernard Docker isn’t on the list even though he’s projected as a high 2nd rounder by most pundits.

    • Bert Diesel

      Also Bernard Docker was one of the top athletes at the combine. I know these rankings were likely complied before the combine and don’t factor in those results but when you get past round two, results there could make a big difference. Thoughts?

    • tyhee

      Having criticized CA for the time taken to produce the mid-season Canucks’ prospect rankings, it is only fair for me to acknowledge and give credit for this thorough, rapidly produced series. It has been an impressive feat.

  • Spiel

    Great series of posts.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the series was all of first year eligible players. A question I have is are there any overage players that are in that would be in the top 100? This year’s Tanner Pearson. Also what about Canucks Army folk hero and ex Panther’s prospect Adam Mascherin? Where does he rank? I’d guess quite high given the praise heaped on the progressive hockey minds at the Panthers for selecting him and the venom spewed at the Panthers old guard for letting him back in the draft.

  • DogBreath

    Nicely done. An impressive feat of analysis. Though not a true/fair comparison because some organizations will draft based on need, it will be interesting to see how far off you are from the order of the draft.

        • Gino über alles

          I can see Mtl doing this but think it might be a mistake, there’s a difference between being the #1 centre in the draft and a #1 centre. Zadina is legit, you’d be a fool to pass on a superior player for positional need especially if it’s more than likely a top line winger for a second line centre.

          I’ve got 5/2 odds that Bergevin does it anyway…