Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his rankings of the Top 30 draft-eligible prospects of 2016. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center here in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.
#23. Jonathan Dahlen – C, Timra IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
With excellent creativity and goal scoring ability highlighted by an exceptionally quick set of hands, Dahlen enters the draft as perhaps one of the lesser-known first round draft prospects following an impressive season with Timra IK of HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second-tier professional league.
In 51 games, Dahlen produced 15 goals and a team-leading 29 points for the Red Eagles, upping his production after the new year to thrust his squad into the final playoff spot. In five postseason contests, Dahlen continued to jump out with six more markers.
At the start of the year, Dahlen’s balance and superb edgework stood out virtually every time he touched the puck. By the end of the season, he became even more explosive with his acceleration and straight-line speed, making him a dangerous weapon when attacking the net.
With that said, Dahlen’s best traits come in the area of his intelligence. He likes to have the puck and he knows exactly what the right play is when he gets it on his stick regardless of where he is on the ice. But he shines equally when he doesn’t have it thanks a large dose of grit and grime, likely inherited from his father Ulf, who scored 301 goals in 966 NHL games.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).