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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’…