Sabres to loan Rasmus Asplund to Västerås IK in Sweden

Asplund will get some playing time in Sweden's second-tier professional league ahead of the 2020-21 season
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Another young player in the Buffalo Sabres organization is heading overseas to get some playing time ahead of the 2020-21 season.

According to a report from HockeyNews.se in Sweden, the Sabres are loaning forward Rasmus Asplund to the club Västerås IK in Sweden's second-tier professional league Allsvenskan.

The 22-year-old is about to play his third season in North America with the Sabres organization since being drafted in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. In two years playing mostly with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League, Asplund has scored a total of 13 goals and 47 assists for 60 points in 108 games played.

This past season, Asplund made his NHL debut and appeared in 29 games with the Sabres, scoring a goal and picking up a pair of assists for three points.

Before making the jump to North America ahead of the 2018-19 season, Asplund spent parts of four seasons playing with Färjestad BK in the Swedish Hockey League, where he registered 62 points (20+42) in 170 games.

Asplund is the third player in the organization this offseason to be loaned to a European club to start the season. He joins forward Arttu Ruotsalainen and goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who are both playing in the Finnish Liiga before training camp in Buffalo opens in November.