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

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  1. jBuds

    jBuds pretty damn valuable

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    TJ Brennan for me
     
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    Whats interesting about that to me is he said Vesey is a 5. So really a great pick and really a great trade because I don't think Asplund would have been there at 38 (although I guess we'll never truly know that).
     
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    IIRC it goes to 7

    Your Crosbys and McDavids are 7s
    6 would be projected as an elite top line player
    5 is projected top 6 player

    Something close to that anyway. Pretty sure it's a 7 scale
     
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    At the time of the pick, I was really pumped about getting Lemieux. Also was happy about snagging Bailey with what, our third 2nd rounder that year? But Asplund is right up there with those guys for me.
     
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    It definitely is a 7 scale. You're correct.
     
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    Worst that the RLR scouting report (#37) had to say about Asplund is that he's an undersized distributor that doesn't initiate contact; rest was very favorable:
     
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    Jaden Schwartz is a very apt comparison
     
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    Why Rasmau and not Rasmi?
     
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    Will be cool to see asplund reunited with nylander in a Sabres uni. Congrats on a great draft.
     
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    I wanted him anywhere from 19 on. He transitions very well, and his a great first step when entering the zone. He plays a smart two way game and can be a value to any team. He's very smart, and uses his IQ. This is my favorite draft pick outside of the top 10 in a long long time as Jame stated. He was someone I was clamoring for!
     
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    he looks no bigger than Ennis

     
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    He's 5'11"/6'0"
     
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    He was measured at 5'10 at the combine actually.
     
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    My bad. Thought he was 5'11.X at the combine.
     
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    I don't agree with that report. Well, that he is undersized is hard to dispute but he does not shy away from initiating contact. He is agressive for his size and takes the body when needed to and when the situation is right. He is very smart and playing on a big rink with the style of play that Färjestad has, a centerman does not forecheck as hard and therefore it might seem that he doesent initiate contact?
     
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    I'm not gonna translate the interviews word by word. But to sum up:

    Forsberg is saying that they thought Asplund was gonna go late in the first round, and when he didn't, they were excited and they didn't want to miss the opportunity so they traded up. They felt that he wouldn't still be there at 38. Says he likes his style of play and his competitivness. The reporter then asks if the fact that Asplund played so well with Nylander at the juniors had an impact on the decision. Forsberg says it didn't. It's purely a bonus that those guys know each other.

    Regarding Philip Nyberg he's saying he's a big guy who's good on the skates, especially the first stride, and has a good shot. Says he's got a feeling that Nyberg is a late bloomer who will keep developing at a steady pace.

    Finally he's got a couple of words on Olofsson who he thinks has developed well and took a step forward this season. He believes he can take another step next year with Frölunda and be a player who Buffalo will be interested in.

    The Asplund interview isn't really that interesting. He's getting asked the obvious questions (how does it feel?) and gives the obvious answers (great). He says he had a good feeling when he met with the Sabres organization, it's been fun, great to get to keep going side by side with Nylander who he thinks is a nice guy and has good chemistry with. Says he needs to get bigger and stronger to get to the NHL. Nothing really noteworthy.

    So that's that.

    Also, Anders Forsberg walked in to a bar and the bartender asked "Why the long face?". ;)
     
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    Thanks. I figured the Asplund one would be run-of-the-mill, but knew Forsberg could have something interesting to say about one of our Swedes.
     
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    Will he and Nylander be the top line/top offensive threat for Sweden at the WJC this year?
     
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    I think you can already lock them in on the top line. I hope Asplund can have a huge breakout year similar to Finland's Sebastian Aho last season, othrwise this Swedish team could be in some trouble offensively.
     
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    I would think so. Nylander already was this year. Asplund became the top center after William Nylander, who won't be there, was injured. I don't see anyone obvious on the horizon who would supplant him. This was a pretty weak draft for the Swedes with Nylander and Asplund being the top two names. I could see Dahlen having a big season, jumping up the board, but probably not to the point of supplanting one of those two.
     
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    Wasn't it Alex who hurt his knee, and not William?
     

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