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Rasmussen returns to Red Wings after conditioning stint

First-year pro scored two goals in three games for Griffins

by Kyle Kujawa / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Michael Rasmussen from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. 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 was assigned to the Griffins for conditioning on Jan. 30 following a hamstring injury suffered in earlier in the month and scored twice in his AHL debut on Jan. 31 at Texas. In three games with Grand Rapids, he had two points (2-0-2) and five shots on goal. Rasmussen 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.

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