BuFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - When Rasmus Dahlin hears his name called by Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill, nobody will be surprised. For months, Dahlin has been the consensus No. 1 player available at the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft and on Friday, he spoke with a sea of reporters to discuss his likely landing spot.
"Nothing is done so I obviously have to wait and see until the draft," Dahlin said. "If I’m coming here then I would love to be here. Great fans and everybody loves hockey so it seems like Buffalo is a great city."
Dahlin danced around questions and carefully worded his responses, knowing it's not a guarantee that he'll be the first player selected. But when asked about his interview with the Sabres, Dahlin cracked a smile.
"It was great. Everything was all fun in that meeting so it went pretty good."
On Saturday, Dahlin will undergo the physical tests featured at the combine, including pull-ups, bench press, agility testing, and wingate [the crazy test when players have to pedal on a stationary bike as hard as they can for 30 seconds].
"Everything’s great here. We were here for the World Juniors too so I played in the full arena so it’s pretty awesome here. I loved it here."