Dahlin signs his entry-level contract with the Sabres

July 9, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres have their 2018 first round pick under contract for the next three years.

The Sabres announced on Monday that the team has signed defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to his three-year entry-level contract.

Rasmus Dahlin: SIGNED! --

Our first pick has agreed to a three-year contract: https://t.co/tYNLzEbqVi pic.twitter.com/t3TxbUuNaB

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 9, 2018

The 18-year-old was taken as the first overall pick by the Sabres in the 2018 NHL Draft nearly three weeks ago.

In line with all 1st overall picks, Rasmus Dahlin's deal is undoubtedly set at the Entry Level max

$925k cap hit
$3.775M AAV
$11.325M total value

$832,500 Base Salary (all 3 yrs)
$92,500 Signing Bonus (all 3 yrs)
$850k Sched 'A' Bonus (all 3 yrs)
$2M Sched 'B' Bonus (all 3 yrs) https://t.co/8Na0YbWVgs

— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 9, 2018

The native of Lidköping, Sweden put up 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) over the past two seasons with the Frölunda Indians in the Swedish Hockey League. Dahlin also added eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 20 career postseason contests in the SHL.

Last season, Dahlin registered seven goals and 20 points in 41 games with Frölunda, and appeared on Sweden's National Team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. In the tournament, Dahlin registered six assists while winning a silver medal with Sweden and being honored as the best defenseman of the tournament as a 17-year-old. Dahlin was also named to the Swedish National Team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, becoming the youngest player to appear in the Olympics since 1984.

Dahlin was also on the Swedish roster for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal, scoring a goal and an assist in seven games.

Dahlin became just the third player in franchise history to be selected as the first overall pick, joining Gilbert Perrault in 1970 and Pierre Turgeon in 1987.

And look who was at his side when he signed...

Gilbert Perreault! #LetsGoBuffalo pic.twitter.com/9V73igUfHF

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 9, 2018