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Michael Rasmussen assigned to Grand Rapids for conditioning

Rookie forward has been sidelined since Jan. 4 with hamstring injury

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today placed center Michael Rasmussen on long-term injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 4 and assigned him to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Rasmussen has skated in 41 games as a rookie with the Red Wings in 2018-19, totaling 13 points (6-7-13) and 19 penalty minutes. The 19-year-old forward was one of five Red Wings to make their NHL debut on Oct. 4 vs. Columbus and went on to record his first NHL point on Oct. 8 at Anaheim and score his first goal on Oct. 30 at Columbus. The Surrey, British Columbia, native became the sixth teenager in Detroit's franchise history to score in three-straight games when he did so from Nov. 13-17. Rasmussen is tied for second on the Red Wings with three power-play goals, which is also tied for sixth among NHL rookies.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Rasmussen joined Dylan Larkin (2015-16) this season as the only two players to make the Red Wings out of training camp since Jiri Fischer did so in 1999-00. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans from 2014-18 and recorded 157 points (81-76-157) in 161 games. As captain of Tri-City in 2017-18, he picked up 59 points (31-28-59) over an injury-shortened 47 regular-season game slate before racking up a team-best 33 points (16-17-33) in just 14 playoff games to help Tri-City to back-to-back series sweeps against higher-seeded teams in the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Michael Rasmussen, Center

Born Apr 17 1999 -- Surrey, BC

Height 6.06 -- Weight 221 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 1 #9 overall 2017 NHL Entry Draft

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