The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Rasmus Asplund from the taxi squad, the team announced this afternoon.
It’s unclear why Asplund, 23, is needed. The Sabres close a two-game road series against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. After beating the Flyers 6-1 on Monday, they did not skate as a full team this morning.
Update: Asplund will replace winger Tage Thompson.
Asplund played 14 games earlier this season on loan with Västerås IK, a second-tier team in his native Sweden, scoring four goals and nine points.
He played his first 29 NHL games last season, compiling one goal and three points. He also played 33 contests with the Rochester Americans, scoring three goals and 19 points.
The Sabres selected Asplund in the second round in 2016, 33rd overall. He joined the Amerks in 2018 after spending four seasons with Farjestads BK Karlstad, a Swedish Hockey League team.