Westerlund’s game grew from playing with Dahlin in Sweden

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Westerlund’s game grew from playing with Dahlin in Sweden

August 1, 2018 10:53 am

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Filip Westerlund is hopeful lessons learned from watching teammate Rasmus Dahlin will help him make an NHL roster someday.

Westerlund (5-foot-11, 180 pounds), selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the second round (No. 44) of the 2017 NHL Draft, played 52 games with Dahlin the past two seasons for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League. Dahlin was selected by the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

“The thing I learned from watching [Dahlin] was how calm he was in big situations,” Westerlund said. “He was able to do whatever he was thinking so well. It was incredible to watch him play.”

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