It’s been 26 years since the Detroit Red Wings have had a top ten draft pick. In 1991 the Wings selected Martin Lapointe at number ten. Lapointe retired from the NHL nine years ago and his son just committed to the University of Michigan. Needless to say, stress levels in Hockeytown are high and a new era is about to begin.
Standing at 6’6, 215 lbs the Detroit Red Wings selected Michael Rasmussen with the 9th pick of the 2017 NHL entry draft. Rasmussen from Surrey, BC Canada is an 18 year old centerman from the WHL’s Tri-city Americans. Playing 113 games with the Americans he has scored 50 goals and 48 assist to total 98 points in just two seasons. Much like former Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom, Rasmussen makes his living in front of the net. Last season with Tri-city he scored 15 of his 32 goals on the man advantage as a net front presence.
Michael Rasmussen compares his style to former Toronto Maple Leaf Mats Sundin. Rasmussen was quoted saying “He had good hands in front of the net, went to the tough areas, worked hard and skated really well for a big man.” He would also say about him self and Sundin “If I can be a little bit like him, I think that’ll be good.” I think we can all agree with that. Rasmussen’s work ethic and high character will hopefully push him into the Red Wings starting roster sooner than later.
Improving his 5 vs 5 proficiency in the next couple of years at the lower pro levels will have a lot to do with that. A big center with a little grit in front of the net, a diverse player that can dig in the corner and win puck battles, and a guy that can make things click on the power play is something the Wings needed. They got it all in one player. The future looks bright for this young man, and hopefully true for the Red Wings as well.
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