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Sabres prospects Rasmus Asplund, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen return to practice

ROCHESTER – Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund practiced with the Rochester Americans on Monday after an upper-body injury sidelined him one game.

He was feeling good, so we’re looking forward to having him back,” interim Amerks coach Gord Dineen said.

Asplund, 21, was killing a penalty and crouched down when the puck hit him about 2:15 into Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Cleveland Monsters. The Swedish center quickly skated off the ice and did not return.

Dineen said the X-rays came back negative. Still, the Amerks held him out of Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Utica Comets.

Asplund centered Remi Elie and Tage Thompson during Monday’s session.

In other injury news, top Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, 20, practiced with the Amerks on Monday for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in late April.

The Sabres assigned Luukkonen to the American Hockey League on Sunday. The Finn had been rehabbing in Buffalo.

He was really excited to be here,” Dineen said. “He’s been working really hard in his rehab and rehab skates with (goalie development coach) Seamus Kotyk and the rehab staff there in Buffalo. To be able to be out with the team and to face a few games situations was really good for him.”

Dineen would not reveal a time frame for Luukkonen’s return.

I would venture the performance staff has a timeline for him and the medical staff does, but being patient is definitely the priority right now,” Dineen said.

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said in September he could start playing games in early November.

Luukkonen played one AHL game last season following a standout junior campaign with the Sudbury Wolves in which he was named the Ontario Hockey League’s MVP and top goalie.

Sabres assign goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester

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