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“I am not finished”: Up & Coming NHL star believes his journey isn’t over for the Norris Trophy contention

Published 02/03/2023, 5:00 PM EST

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Rasmus Dahlin made waves in 2018 after being picked by the Buffalo Sabres in the first overall NHL entry draft. The Swedish Ice Hockey player entered the tournament as the most talented player that year. The 22-year-old still has a long and bright career ahead of him and he recently talked about his Norris Trophy contention.

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Dahlin has been rumored to be one of the top contenders for the trophy this year. Speaking to a journalist, he addressed those rumors and spoke about his team’s recent performances. He also mentioned how he is nowhere near the finish line.

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In a YouTube video on the Buffalo Sabres channel, Dahlin told the reporter, “Our whole team is having a great cheer, so it’s easy to play around like a team too… but also gaining some experience throughout my years, keep building on my games so… I knew eventually it was gonna turn out good but I’m still in a journey. I’m not finished. We want more stuff”. He replied to the reporter’s query about his evolution as a player in the last 4 years and a possible contention for the Norris Trophy.

Dahil plays as a defenseman for the Sabres. He had a breakout season in 2021-22, where he achieved new career milestones with goals, assists, and points for his team. Due to his exceptional performances, people are strongly favoring Dahlin for the James Norris Memorial Trophy. It is awarded to the NHL’s top ‘defense player’ throughout that season.


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After making it to the NHL All-Star game two times in a row (2022, 2023) and with his incredible stats in both these years, Dahlin himself is beaming with confidence and still wants to achieve more. His gameplay is far from meek and often shows his feistiness on the rink.

Dahlin’s aggressive nature might just be the key to his long-term success in NHL


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When the reporter confronted him about his aggressive manner of playing, Dahlin chalked it up to his nature. He said, “It’s been a part of my Hockey ever since I started… I like when games start getting spicy out there”. Fights are a common occurrence in the NHL. Only recently 3 fights broke out within 15 seconds of a game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Minnesota Wild. At a very young age, his never-bog-down attitude might just be an intimidating factor for his opponents.

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With just four years into the league, Dahlin’s career is already glittering with laurels and rewards. Besides making it to the All-Star team twice, he also made it to the All-Rookie team in 2019 and was the Rookie Of the Month for November 2018. He also won the Champions Hockey League in 2017. Far from being over, Dahlin might just have a long and prosperous career in NHL.

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Tanmay Roy

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Tanmay Roy is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. He has done MBA and B.Tech in Civil Engineering.

Edited By: Anupama Ghosh