Canucks at Sabres
pointed out his countryman’s seamless transition to facing the sport’s best, lauding Dahlin’s quickness and ability to carry the puck through the neutral zone.
While both expressed excitement for their first meeting in the NHL, neither want their matchup to cast a shadow over an important game for their respective teams. The Sabres’ 6-5 overtime win over the Canadiens on Thursday lifted them into a three-way tie for fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Make no mistake, though, their home country will watch closely when either one is on the ice. It’s the first marquee matchup of what many called one of the best draft classes in recent memory, and Sabres coach Phil Housley understood why there is hype.
“They’re very good hockey players,” Housley said. “They’re smart, they’re instinctive. They use their ability and their instincts on the ice. That’s what makes them special players.”
Elias Pettersson, left, played for Sweden in the IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center in January. The NHL rookie has scored 10 goals in 11 games this season.