Prospect Info: Rasmus Asplund (2016, 33rd) – 5/23 Signed to 3-year ELC

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    Just to compare... Larsson had better scoring numbers at similar points in his pre-NHL career. So project at one's peril.
     
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    They only have 3 RFA forwards and any of them would get picked up on waivers if they decided Asplund was ready.
     
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    Wilson seems like a lot more likely candidate to waive if they're paying attention to performance measures.
     
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    It's not that Wilson's contract is a cap killer.

    It's just another decision that is a complete head scratcher. And if he can't get the little things right...
     
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    I'd argue he's better than Sobotka, and makes less than a 3rd as much. You can argue he's not worth that much but there's far more egregious examples of players not being worth their contracts on this team.

    But that's all I'm gonna say on this, I'd rather not spam my boy Rasmus's thread.
     
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    Amusing to see PHam walk back his first paragraph after being question about it on Twitter.
     
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    At least he didn't resort to his signature weak Twitter block move.
     
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    Not yet. Though he has gone to the "you're freaking out" when there is no freak out and the "we don't know what they'll do" rather than fessing up to a ****ty idea that's more about rousing the mob against easy but undeserved targets. Again.
     
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    Both he and Olofsson look like they've really hit the weights. Asplund's neck has disappeared.
     
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    So far, he looks like he belongs. Perhaps even more so than some of the regulars.
     
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    They better not send him down. He's been very good and looks comfortable at the NHL level.
     
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    Having him around allows them to keep Casey on the wing. Casey on the wing has been a better player than Casey at Center.
     
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    The team is easily better with him than with any of the injured guys
     
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    He's such a plus on draws and in the back end and with the transition game. Finally someone to replace trash!
     
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    He already seems a solid NHL player for bottom 6.
     
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    I’ll tune in to a few Amerks games here and there, but I never watch them from start to finish. Seeing Asplund these last few games up with the big club, and it’s obvious that this kid belongs. He’s a legit NHLer.

    I have no idea what his ceiling might be, but he reminds me of a young Jochen Hecht.
     
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    All this said, I don't think he's doing anything he didn't do in camp. If they sent him down then, they can send him down now.

    I mean, it's the Sabres.
     
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    Careful now, that type of thinking is how we got Casey at center in the first place...
     
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    I'd rather Casey goes to Rochester and plays the minutes Asplund did on the first powerplay, regularly PKing, taking important starts in all three zones and get him used to being a high-end, productive professional player. Or they can leave him on the wing for 10 minutes a night and wonder why he is another in a long line of stunted picks.

    As for Asplund, I hope he isn't sent back because he's the sort of useful depth guy we had hoped and dreamed he would be. Smart, well-positioned, quick, a little gritty... keep him up.
     
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    I fully expect Asplund to be sent down due to body count and the team getting healthy at some point. But his time up did exactly what it was supposed to, give us a glimpse into the current state of his development. It's what you would expect when you have a laundry list of injuries. We see he's right on the cusp of being NHL if he isn't already. Everyone knows now that next offseason is where we should expect him to fight for a roster spot. I know Botterill has lied to the fans about open competition before, but this offseason should be just that. I would like to see him go back to the AHL and just amp up the momentum and become more of a force offensively down there. This is where he should be saddled with more responsibility in Rochester.

    As for Casey, I'm not going to be long about this (not his thread), but I've been saying that for a while now. I agree 100%.
     
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    It's always easier to say that before trades/signings, though. If Asplund is working with 10 games NHL experience, there's going to be pressure to find a bunch of marginal vets again via trade or FA.

    As it is, the solution should be simple. You have a player (Mittelstadt) that everyone agrees could use AHL time. If Mitts eventually earns his callup again and there's no injuries, you might have to Moulson somebody. I don't think anyone will argue that Moulson's demotion hurt the team.

    Making a roster work is a continual, holistic process. Asplund clearly makes the team better right now. There are others who clearly make the team worse. If you can't demote/promote within the year to develop your players at the level they're prepared to contribute, you might expect to find yourself in a situation where guys are stagnating at the wrong levels and you have pressure to go out and spend your mid round picks on bottom 6 players and clutter, which pushes the problem into the next year. Which is what we do.
     

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