News: 4 days agoDahlin signed a three-year, $18 million contract with Buffalo on Wednesday.
Spin: Dahlin is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, as he managed just .41 points per game, well off the pace from his previous two years. Still, with Rasmus Ristolainen shipped off to Philadelphia, Dahlin should be in line for a bigger role this year, including potentially quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Dahlin is one of three defensemen to be drafted first overall in the last 15 years, along with Aaron Ekblad and soon-to-be teammate Owen Power. Buffalo being in position to pick Power first overall tells you all you need to know about how Dahlin's time in the NHL has gone since he was selected in the 2018 draft, though he's far from the only one responsible for the Sabres' struggles. After a promising 44-point rookie season, Dahlin reached the 40-point mark again in just 59 appearances in 2019-20, but the wheels fell off last year, as his meager 23 points in 56 games were accompanied by a league-worst minus-36 rating. Dahlin has the talent to bounce back offensively if the team around him stabilizes, but playing the toughest minutes on a Sabres team that's nowhere near contention should lead to further struggles in the plus-minus department.