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Sabres sign No. 1 draft pick Dahlin to entry-level deal

The Buffalo Sabres have announced they have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to his three-year, entry-level contract that will begin with the 2018-19 season.

The signing was largely a formality, as the CBA mandates maximum values for entry-level deals. Dahlin is getting a max contract, with a cap hit of $925,000 ($832,500 in salary and $92,500 in signing bonuses), and performance bonuses that could reach $2,850,000 based on performance for each season.

Dahlin posted on his Instagram page Monday in Swedish. Roughly translated by Google, it says, "Signing an NHL contract has been my dream since I started playing hockey! Now I have done it with Buffalo Sabres, it could not be better! I want to take care of thanking my family and everyone in my presence who have helped me along the way."

Dahlin became the third No. 1 overall pick in franchise history, joining Gilbert Perreault and Pierre Turgeon, when the Sabres selected him on June 22 in Dallas.

His whirlwind month, which included a trip to Buffalo for the NHL Scouting Combine and a jaunt to Washington for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, concluded in late June with the Sabres' annual development camp in HarborCenter.

Dahlin returned to Sweden after camp ended and will spend about a month at home before heading back to Buffalo sometime in August to prepare for the team's September prospects challenge games and training camp.

The Sabres' first official preseason game is Sept. 17 in Columbus.

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