This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
With the 2018-19 season fast approaching, here's our top-100 NHL prospects. The list is limited to players with less than 25 career regular-season games.
1. Rasmus Dahlin (D-BUF, acquired: 1st Round (1st overall) '18): Fear not, Sabres fans, the best prospect since Connor McDavid is here to turn your franchise around! Dahlin should be an impact player from the get go. His combination of speed, skill, and hockey IQ is remarkable for any defenseman, let alone a kid that turned 18 years old in April. He can play the game any way you want and he never seems to make a poor read defensively. I expect some minor growing pains regarding his transitioning to the smaller ice surfaces of North America early in the season, but it shouldn't take more than a couple weeks for him to work through those issues. His ceiling is that of a perennial All-Star and Norris Trophy candidate. Buffalo has added a bunch of talented players to their pipeline over the last few seasons, but this is the guy that the Sabres needed to get over the hump. A quiet, unassuming kid, and a hard worker, Dahlin is simply too talented to fail. The fun begins this fall.
2. Elias Pettersson (F-VAN, acquired: 1st Round (5th overall) '17): The fifth-overall pick by Vancouver in 2017, Pettersson was viewed as bit of a project at the time of his selection given his long, lean frame. Well, that scrawny kid was named Swedish Hockey League Rookie of