The Buffalo Sabres, amid a six-game losing streak and dealing with at least two injuries in their forward group, recalled Rasmus Asplund from the Rochester Americans on Friday morning.
Asplund, a 21-year-old center, has one goal among eight points in 13 games with the Amerks this season. He practiced with the Sabres on Friday afternoon and could make his National Hockey League debut Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. Center Johan Larsson did not practice Friday and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to coach Ralph Krueger.
Larsson will be re-evaluated Saturday morning and has not been ruled out for the game. The Sabres were already without Marcus Johansson (upper body), who is not available to play Saturday or Sunday in Chicago.
Additionally, forward Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) is out four-to-six weeks after suffering an injury during the Sabres' first game in Stockholm last Friday. Asplund can contribute on the penalty kill, an area in which the Sabres have struggled as of late. The former second-round draft pick had 10 goals among 41 points for Rochester last season, his first year in North America.
"We found that he worked really well early on in training camp, the Johansson-[Victor] Olofsson-Asplund line really, I think, impressed everybody," Krueger said of Asplund. "Then his ability to move to wing, center, his penalty-killing ability and overall what he’s been doing since he’s come here from Sweden and the work that he’s doing in Rochester confirmed what we saw in training camp, that he’s somebody that can help us in multiple roles. If we need him tomorrow, he would be ready to jump in."