Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, who is expected to be taken with the first pick in June’s NHL Draft, was a healthy scratch for Sweden in their first game at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who is almost a lock to be No. 1 NHL draft pick in June, is indeed a healthy scratch for Sweden in its Olympic opener against Norway.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) February 15, 2018
Sweden won the game 4-0.
Dahlin, 17, has been atop draft projection boards all season. He is currently playing for Frolunda in the top Swedish league, where he has six goals and 17 points in 35 games.
If you want to learn more about Dahlin, check out this feature that Sportsnet’s Gare Joyce wrote from Sweden earlier this season.
Hockey fans looking for other top prospects to watch in the Olympics shouldn’t be disappointed though.
Eeli Tolvanen, who the Nashville Predators took with the 30th in pick in the 2017 draft, had four points in his Olympic debut with Finland earlier on Thursday.