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Dahlin named to Sweden men's preliminary roster for Olympics

Defenseman projected to be No. 1 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, was named to the preliminary roster of the Sweden men's hockey team for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics on Tuesday.

Dahlin (6-foot-2, 181 pounds), 17, has 11 points (five goals, six assists), in 28 games as the youngest player for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League this season. He is the youngest player on Sweden's preliminary Olympic roster, which averages 29 years in age. The second-youngest player is 24-year-old defenseman Mikael Wikstrand (Ottawa Senators).

"He's been the best prospect in Sweden for years," said Goran Stubb, the NHL director of European Scouting. "He's a smart, two-way D-man who can control the game in almost every situation using his stickhandling, smooth skating and overall skills. He's not overly physical but can give and take a hit."

Dahlin was named best defenseman of the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship after helping Sweden win the silver medal. He had six assists, 25 shots on goal and a plus-7 rating while averaging more than 23 minutes each game. He received an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's November players to watch list for the 2018 draft in Dallas on June 22-23.

The Winter Olympics will take place from Feb. 9-25. Sweden is expected to finalize its Olympic roster on Jan. 28.

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