Michael Rasmussen

Detroit Red Wings
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Fantasy Summary

Power forward center with top six potential.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
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

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Okanagan Hockey Academy Btm Prep OMAHA 59 41 46 87 123 |          
  BCMML Sabres 1 U16 Cup 4 0 3 3 0 |          
  Okanagan Hockey Academy Elite 15 CSSHL E15 2 1 0 1 0 |          
 2014-2015 Team British Columbia CWG 6 1 1 2 4 |          
  Okanagan Hockey Acad. White Prep CSSHL 28 27 23 50 36 | Playoffs 3 3 5 8
  Penticton Vees BCHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Tri-City Americans WHL 1 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2015-2016 Tri-City Americans WHL 63 18 25 43 37 |          
  Team White U17-Dev 3 0 1 1 8 |          
  Canada Black U17 WHC-17 5 2 1 3 16 |          
 2016-2017 Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 3 4 8 |          
  Tri-City Americans WHL 50 32 23 55 50 |          
 2017-2018 Tri-City Americans WHL 47 31 28 59 40 | Playoffs 14 16 17 33
  WHL All-Stars Canada/Russia Series 2 0 2 2 0 |          
 2018-2019 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 8 10 18 29 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 3 2 0 2 0 |          
 2019-2020 Detroit Red Wings NHL - - - - - |          

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