#1 – RASMUS DAHLIN, LD

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Rasmus Dahlin Scouting Report

Potential:

  • Upside: Franchise Defenceman
  • Floor: Top Pairing Two-Way Defenceman
  • Comparable: Bryan Leetch

Scouting Report:

This is my scouting report on Frolunda defenceman Rasmus Dahlin. There is no real competition for the 1st overall pick in this year’s draft. It’s Rasmus Dahlin all day long. It’s the easiest, slam dunk #1 pick since Connor McDavid. Dahlin has had a world of expectations placed on his shoulders for a long time, since he was a very young player and he’s met and exceeded those expectations at every turn. The true sign of a future superstar.

Dahlin is a great skater with off the charts hockey IQ who controls the play from the back-end. He can find teammates in hidden seams for scoring opportunities. He uses his size well and isn’t afraid to take the body though that’s not his main focus. He’s very dangerous off the rush and is a solid defender in his own right and will only get better in that regard. I am not sure what I can say that already hasn’t been said about this player for the past 2+ years but his resume is incredible. From being the youngest player ever to dress for Sweden at the WJC (age 16) to putting up 20 points in the SHL as a draft eligible defenceman. Rasmus Dahlin is the real deal and my expectations are that he will quickly become one of the top 5 defencemen in the entire NHL within a few years.

Comparable:

My comparable for Dahlin is Brian Leetch for those of you who might remember the former great, Hall of Fame New York Rangers defenceman. Leetch was a fantastic talent, a great skater, outstanding 2-way player who logged a ton of minutes for the Rangers. In fact, Bryan Leetch was the last NHL defenceman to score over 100 points back in 1991-92. Rasmus Dahlin reminds me a lot of Leetch as I find he plays the same type of 2-way game all the while providing outstanding offensive and defensive abilities.

Other Rankings:

  • TSN – #1
  • Central Scouting – #1 ES
  • ISS – #1
  • Future Considerations – #1
  • McKeens – #1
  • THN – #1
  • Craig Button – #1
  • Hockey Prospect – #1

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