The Detroit Red Wings had gone more than 25 years without a top-10 draft selection, so when the franchise stepped up to the podium with the ninth overall pick in 2017, its fans were pretty excited. Detroit tabbed Michael Rasmussen, a big center who, at the time, was seen as more of a safe second-liner. The reaction was pretty anxious. Many fans wanted a player with a higher ceiling.
But with his 6-foot-6, 221-pound frame and increasing speed, Rasmussen is quelling those concerns. And he doesn’t have to do it as a center. “When he’s going up and down the wing,” said Detroit assistant GM Ryan Martin, “using his size, when he’s great in front of the net, that’s where he’s so good.”
At the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Michigan this fall, the Red Wings experimented with Rasmussen on ...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.