Rasmus Asplund was a second-round pick in 2016. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Report: Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund to stay in Sweden next season

Rasmus Asplund, perhaps the Buffalo Sabres’ top center prospect, will play in Sweden again next season.

The Sabres, who recently hired general manager Jason Botterill and still need to find a coach, want contract flexibility, Asplund, 19, told Värmlands Folkblad, a Swedish news service.

So the 33rd overall pick in 2016 will play a fourth pro season with Färjestad BK, a team in the Swedish Hockey League.

“It’s very turbulent in Buffalo right now, considering that they will have new coaches in both NHL and AHL,” Asplund said, according to Google Translate. “And then they want to have as many contract places as possible as they get together both NHL and AHL troops.”

Right now, the Sabres have 29 players under contract for 2017-18, according to capfriendly.com. NHL teams are allowed up to 50 contracts.

Former GM Tim Murray selected Asplund with a pick the Sabres received from Florida in the Dmitry Kulikov-Mark Pysyk trade at last year’s NHL Draft.

Asplund has already played 120 games in Sweden’s highest pro circuit, compiling 12 goals and 34 points. He also has a history with Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander, having centered him with Sweden at the World Junior Championship.

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