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Rasmus Asplund emerged from the tunnel adjacent to the Buffalo Sabres' bench and took one lap by himself before he was joined by his teammates for pregame warmup Saturday night. Meanwhile, approximately 3,825 miles away in Filipstad, Sweden, Asplund's parents, Stefan and Ramona, stayed awake for the 1:25 a.m. puck drop to watch their son make his National Hockey League …

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Rich Sanders beamed as he watched his 4-year-old son, Andre, marvel over the size of Zach Bogosian's hockey sticks Friday afternoon. Bogosian, a 29-year-old defenseman working his way back from hip surgery, stopped to chat with Andre outside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room for several minutes following a rigorous practice inside KeyBank Center. Bogosian asked for a to…

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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…

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ROCHESTER – With Friday’s game tied at 2 in the third period, Rochester Americans winger Tage Thompson grabbed a pass from Scott Wilson at center ice and zoomed past a helpless defender into the Binghamton Devils zone. “I had a couple of good chances earlier in the game from shooting and felt one was bound to go in if I kept testing him,” the Buffalo Sabres prospect sai…

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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 t…

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ROCHESTER -- Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund suffered an upper body injury on a blocked shot in the opening minutes of Friday night for the Rochester Americans. Asplund, 21, was killing a penalty and crouched down when the puck hit him about 2:15 into the game. He quickly skated off and did not return. Interim Americans coach Gord Dineen said Asplund had X-rays, but h…

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ROCHESTER – Forget about Rasmus Asplund’s late-season scoring binge or that he centered one of the American Hockey League’s top lines as a rookie. Asplund’s maturity has impressed Americans general manager Randy Sexton more than anything else. “He’s still very young but he’s extremely mature," Sexton said of the Sabres prospect. "He’s very focused, he’s very coachabl…

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This could be Sabres prospect Tage Thompson’s final stint in the American Hockey League. Thompson, 21, nearly earned an NHL roster spot out of training camp, sticking with the Sabres until their final roster cuts Monday. At some point this season, they could summon the 6-foot-7, 215-pound winger for good. “When he gets his chance, it’s possible he never comes back to…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Chris Taylor wasn’t exactly sure what Rasmus Asplund meant by saying he has started playing more like a man. “Maybe he’s got more facial hair?” the Americans coach joked. “I don’t know.” Well, …

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Rasmus Asplund wasn't happy about the decision. Not at first. The Swedish center wanted to play in the NHL last season, and there was a chance after the Sabres selected him with the 33rd overall pick in the 2016 draft. But Asplund ended up remaining in Europe, playing a fourth season with Färjestad BK in the Swedish Hockey League. In hindsight, h…

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Don't be surprised if you hear ABBA echoing from the Buffalo Sabres' locker room at development camp. Ten of the 42 prospects at HarborCenter this week are from Sweden, including this year's first-overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. That's without counting Mattias Samuelsson, who grew up in the U.S. while his Swedish-born father Kjell played in the NHL. "You can almost talk …

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Lawrence Pilut and Victor Olofsson are in the fold, Rasmus Dahlin is coming next month and now the Buffalo Sabres can add another "Rasmi" to their list of elite Swedish prospects. Center Rasmus Asplund, Buffalo's second-round pick in the 2016 draft, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the team. General Manager Jason Botterill said during his end-of-season new…

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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 A…

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Nobody was making their first NHL roster off their performance at Buffalo Sabres development camp. That was a particularly obvious reality for Rasmus Asplund. At the beginning of the four-day camp, Asplund said he and new Sabres general manager Jason Botterill talked about the plan, which would be not to sign the 19-year-old forward to an NHL deal but rather have him sp…

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Central Scouting’s top-ranked Swede in this year’s NHL Draft has skated at the HarborCenter for the past week, but it isn’t the well-publicized Alex Nylander. He was considered a North American skater since he played in the OHL.  Instead it’s his former linemate, Rasmus Asplund, a player the Sabres traded up in the second round to land at this year’s draft. Asplund doesn’…