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Fantasy Summary

Built in the traditional power forward mold but lacks high end speed and puck skills. Could be an effective net front presence on the power play and adds value in leagues that count hits.


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September 2020 – The Red Wings have loaned Rasmussen to the Graz99ers in the Austrian professional league. Detroit’s 2017 first-round pick spent last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL and performed well when healthy. He tallied seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points in 35 games during his second professional season. His role in the Austrian league is yet to be determined but it should help him prepare for his next training camp with the Red Wings. Rasmussen is a monster of a man, standing at 6’6” and tipping the scales at 220 pounds. He is a handful to deal with along the boards and in front of the net as he uses his big frame well and has the reach to match. He is a fine skater for his size but he is not overly skilled and will have to work on playing with more pace in all areas of the game. Look for him to earn a regular role with the Red Wings this coming season. Nick Richard
October 2019 – The Red Wings decided it would be best for Rasmussen’s development as a second year pro to start him in the AHL where he can play an important role with loads of ice time. The plan has paid off early as Rasmussen is humming along with five points in his first four games. He is one of a few on a stacked Grand Rapids Griffins team that will likely be called up at some point. Mark Hillier

 July 2019 – Despite playing 62 games in the NHL last year, it’s unclear at this point where the former ninth overall pick will start the 2019-20 campaign. It’s possible the Wings decide to keep him up with the big club where he would likely fill a middle six role as a winger and possibly see some secondary power play time. Eventually, like Dylan Larkin, Rasmussen may transition to center, but that is unlikely in the short-term. Alternatively, if the Wings aren’t quite ready to go full rebuild, Rasmussen may spend most of the season percolating in Grand Rapids, which might be disappointing for the player but will likely help his development as he could play top line minutes and play in all situations. One thing is clear though, Rasmussen will be a full time NHL player in the not-too-distant future, and his fantasy upside is high. Keep your eye on him or stuff him on your fantasy farm if you can. Mark Hillier

December 2018 – Rasmussen had a slow start to his rookie campaign, putting up just a single assist in his first nine games played despite seeing significant power play time. However, after settling in and being told he was here to stay with the Red Wings, the big forward found confidence and scored five goals and six points in his next nine games. While Rasmussen is not the fastest skater by NHL standards, he’s big and rangey and plays to his strengths. Rasmussen should continue to develop into an effective second line center. Mark Hillier

December 2017 – Rasmussen is giving Detroit Red Wings fans plenty to be excited about. The big center continues to develop and play a dominating game for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. He has shown steady improvement over his three-year junior career. Listed at 6-6 and 215 pounds, the 18-year-old is still growing. Rasmussen uses his long reach effectively in both the offensive and defensive zone. He skates well for a large player and uses his size and puck handling skill to gain control down low. He provides a big screen in front of the net. Rasmussen bangs in a lot of rebounds but also has a good and heavy shot. It’s possible he could develop into a top line center at the NHL level, but at this point projects more as a solid two-way second line center. Mark Hillier

March 2017 – Rasmussen is a prospect NHL scouts will be fighting for their team to draft. He is a big bodied center with NHL ready size; he skating is above average thanks to his long powerful stride. He has a high compete level and uses his size well in puck battles and to finish checks, but he could be a little more aggressive or mean. His offensive skills are elite as he owns good playmaking vision but is also an accomplished goal scorer. Scores a lot of goals in close to the net where he uses his size as a net presence, screen and can score on tips, rebounds and deflections.Rasmussen will have added value in multi cat leagues as he will contribute points, faceoff wins, hits and penalty minutes. With his size, skating, skill and smarts he has all the makings of a first or second line NHL center. Peter Harling

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 17, 1999
Height 6‘6”
Weight 220 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 9

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Okanagan HA U15 PrepOMAHA59 41 4687 123|        
  BCMML Sabres 1U16 Cup4 0 33 0|        
  Okanagan HA U16 PrepCSSHL U162 1 01 0|        
 2014-2015 Team British Columbia CWG6 1 12 4|        
  Okanagan HA White U18 PrepCSSHL U1828 27 2350 36|Playoffs3 3 58
  Penticton VeesBCHL1 0 00 0|        
  Tri-City AmericansWHL1 0 00 2|Playoffs3 0 00
 2015-2016 Tri-City AmericansWHL63 18 2543 37|        
  Team White U17-Dev3 0 11 8|        
  Canada Black U17WHC-175 2 13 16|        
 2016-2017 Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 34 8|        
  Tri-City AmericansWHL50 32 2355 50|        
 2017-2018 Tri-City AmericansWHL47 31 2859 40|Playoffs14 16 1733
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 22 0|        
 2018-2019 Detroit Red WingsNHL62 8 1018 29|        
  Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL3 2 02 0|        
 2019-2020 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL35 7 1522 20|        
 2020-2021 Graz99ersICEHL8 2 68 32|        

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