There is no Artemi Panarin (77 points) or Mathew Barzal (85 points) in 2018-19. And there certainly isn't an Auston Matthews, at least not at forward.
But there is a generational talent on the blue line. His name is Rasmus Dahlin, and he immediately gives the Sabres credibility. He should be a top-20 producer at his position by season's end at the age of 18.
No rookie forward will stake a top-20 or even top-50 offensive finish this season. Andrei Svechnikov's predicted mid-50s production would make him just a top-75 forward.
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