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Prospects Asplund, Olofsson expected to join Sabres next season

Two of the Buffalo Sabres' more intriguing prospects should be in the organization next season. Swedish forwards Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson are expected to make the move to North America.

"Our conversations with them have been very positive," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said Wednesday. "We feel comfortable that they'll probably be over here in North America next year."

Former GM Tim Murray moved up in the 2016 NHL Draft to get Asplund with the No. 33 overall selection, shipping defenseman Mark Pysyk to Florida in the process. The 20-year-old is a two-way center who had eight goals and 28 points in 50 games with Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League.

Olofsson, 22, led the Swedish league with 27 goals in 50 games for Frolunda. Including the playoffs, the winger totaled 30 goals and 47 points in 56 games. Murray and the Sabres took a seventh-round chance on Olofsson in 2014.

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Both forwards are training with the Swedish national team in preparation for next month's world championships, Botterill said.

"We're actually hopeful that both of them could be possible players on the world championship team," Botterill said. "Neither of them would be able to come over to Rochester until that situation ends at the world championship there."

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