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Meet Jonathan Dahlen

Newest Canucks prospect is loving Vancouver

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks writer

When the Canucks traded Alex Burrows at this past deadline, Jonathan Dahlen found out just like the rest of us: on Twitter.

The then Senators prospect was intrigued with the move.

"We were on the way home from a game and I was scrolling through Twitter and I saw the Senators were going to acquire Burrows," said Dahlen, Wednesday at Rogers Arena. "Since I was part of the Sens organization I followed their moves, so I called my dad and told him Ottawa was getting Burrows. He asked who Vancouver was getting and I didn't know.

"A couple minutes later I read The Senators have traded Jonathan Dahlen to Vancouver and it was a pretty weird moment. I've been following the deadline since I was small and my dad and I always kept a close eye on it. Then I'm sitting there, I've never even played a game in the NHL or AHL and I get traded. It was kind of a sick feeling, not knowing what was to come, but now that I'm here, I'm very happy to be here."

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The 19-year-old forward, selected by Ottawa 42nd overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, had never been to Vancouver before arriving last Saturday. He's here all May, then will head back to Sweden for the summer with a new perspective on what it's going to take to make it in the NHL.

"I've only been training a couple days here and I can already see it's tough. It's good training for me, it's what I need. I'm focused on gaining strength and it's good to see how strong the guys who play in the NHL are, to have that comparison. Strength wise, I have a long way to go, that's why I'm happy to be here and am using this opportunity to work hard."

Dahlen has also made some new Swedish friends and is working hard on his playground skills.

"I was with Henrik on Monday and he took me to playground duty with his kids," laughed Dahlen. "That was fun. The Sedins are huge in Sweden, you grow up idolizing them, and then to be sitting in a car with Henrik Sedin and he calls Daniel, it feels like you're in a dream almost. It's very cool."

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