The Detroit Red Wings added a big body to their prospect pool after inking Tri-City Americans captain Michael Rasmussen to a three-year entry level contract, on Saturday.
Rasmussen, 18, was taken by the Red Wings in the first round, ninth overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound centre, who is currently representing Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, NY, played a key role for the Americans this season, posting 55 points (32 goals, 23 assists) in 50 games.
“It’s a small step.
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In his rookie season with the Americans in 2015-16, Rasmussen posted 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 63 games.
Acquired by the Americans in the first round, seventh overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, the Surrey, B.C. product played for Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, notching a goal and three assists in four games.