DALLAS - Before the show began and Rasmus Dahlin was called to the stage as the first overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, he was offered a small taste of Buffalo in the stands at American Airlines Center. Fans dressed in Sabres garb, some wearing custom-made jerseys with his name, flocked to his seat to meet him.
Soon the draft began, and a roar let out with the announcement that the Sabres were on the clock. Then came a rendition of the Buffalo Bills shout song, led by superfan Pancho Billa in section 108, followed by a loud chant of "DAH-LIN."
Then, finally, Dahlin was wearing a Sabres jersey of his own, smiling ear-to-ear.