By the Numbers will highlight the Red Wings' on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season. Each week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on rookie forward Michael Rasmussen.
When Michael Rasmussen finished last season with the WHL's Tri-City Americans, he had nothing left to prove in junior hockey.
Rasmussen had 31 goals and 28 assists in 47 regular-season games and added 16 goals and 17 assists in 14 playoff games for the Americans, a truly dominating performance by the 6-foot-6, 221-pound forward.
After a strong prospect tournament and preseason, Rasmussen made the Detroit Red Wings' Opening Night roster.
But for most rookies, the NHL can be humbling as every player at this level has speed, skill and sometimes even size to match Rasmussen.
One thing that Rasmussen does very well is he can go to the net and use his reach and exceptional hand-eye coordination to score goals in that area.
After learning the things he will need to do to be successful away from the net-front, Rasmussen will have to continue to work on those to become the impactful player he was in junior hockey.
The young forward is a hard worker and a determined player so going through the challenges he did during the 2018-19 season should help him moving forward.
Now that Rasmussen has one season under his belt, the Wings will be able to send him to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins if they determine that his development would be better served there.
1 -- Rasmussen played his first NHL game on Opening Night, Oct. 4, as the Wings hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had one shot and was even in 12:06. On Oct. 8 at the Anaheim Ducks, Rasmussen recorded the primary assist on Tyler Bertuzzi's goal at 11:06 of the first period, the first NHL point of Rasmussen's career. On Oct. 30 at Columbus, Rasmussen did what he does best, scoring a power-play goal at 1:06 of the first en route to a 5-3 Detroit victory.
62 -- Rasmussen played 62 games during his rookie campaign, good for 10th on the Red Wings.
18 -- The Wings suffered a lot of injuries during the 2018-19 season and Rasmussen did not emerge unscathed. He missed 18 games due to injury--including the final eight games of the season--which tied for sixth with forward Thomas Vanek. Mike Green led the team with 39 man-games lost.
2 -- Rasmussen scored in back-to-back games, Oct. 30 in Columbus and Nov. 1 at home against the New Jersey Devils, both victories. Against the Devils, Rasmussen's goal came on the power play at 4:59 of the second period, assisted by Gustav Nyquist and fellow rookie Dennis Cholowski. Rasmussen had his first multi-point game on Feb. 7 against the Vegas Golden Knights, recording a goal and an assist. He also scored two goals during a three-game conditioning stint with the Griffins from Jan. 31-Feb. 6.
3 -- Rasmussen scored in three straight games from Nov. 13-17. On Nov. 13 at home against the Arizona Coyotes, he scored a first-period power-play goal in a 6-1 win. On Nov. 15 in Ottawa, Rasmussen had an even-strength goal at 3:55 of the second period in a 2-1 loss. On Nov. 17 at New Jersey, he had a third-period even-strength goal in a 3-2 overtime win.
6 -- With a 10.8 shooting percentage, Rasmussen ranked sixth on the team in that category. Only five other regulars reached double digits in shooting percentage. Bertuzzi led the Red Wings at 16 percent, Vanek was second at 14.8 percent, Andreas Athanasiou was third at 13.9 percent, Anthony Mantha was fourth at 12.6 percent and Dylan Larkin was fifth at 11.1 percent. Rasmussen was also the sixth teenager in Wings history to score in three straight games.
4 -- Rasmussen tied Vanek for second on the team with four power-play goals. Larkin and Mantha tied for the team lead with seven power-play goals apiece.
84 -- Rasmussen tied veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall for fourth on the team in hits with 84. Luke Glendening led the team with 198, Justin Abdelkader was second with 185 and Jonathan Ericsson was third with 98.