DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Michael Rasmussen from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings reassigned defenseman Gustav Lindstrom to the team's taxi squad from Grand Rapids and reassigned goaltender Kaden Fulcher to the Griffins from the taxi squad.
Rasmussen, 21, has found the scoresheet in six of his seven games with the Griffins this season, recording six points (2-4-6) in that span. He is among team leaders with six points (T4th), four assists (4th), two power-play goals (2nd) and 16 shots (3rd). Prior to being reassigned to the Griffins on Feb. 1, Rasmussen skated in eight games with the Red Wings, posting three points (0-3-3) in eight games. To start the 2020-21 campaign, the 6-foot-6, 229-pound forward suited up in 18 games for Graz EC of the Austrian Eishockey Liga, recording five goals and 13 assists and 42 penalty minutes. The third-year pro spent the 2019-20 season with the Griffins and posted among team leaders with 22 points (9th) and 15 assists (7th), despite being limited to 35 games due to injury. The Surrey, British Columbia, native played the majority of his rookie professional season (2018-19) with Detroit and tallied 18 points (8-10-18) in 62 games, finishing the year tied for third among Red Wings skaters with four power-play goals. In all, Rasmussen has totaled 21 points (8-13-21) in 70 games with the Red Wings and 30 points (11-19-30) in 45 games with the Griffins.
Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Rasmussen 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.
Lindstrom, 22, has skated in five games with the Griffins this season, recording four penalty minutes and four shots on goal. The blueliner began the 2021-21 campaign with Almtuna IS of the second-tier Swedish Allsvenskan, suiting up in 20 games with Almtuna and recording 11 assists and 20 penalty minutes before returning to North America for his second professional season. Lindstrom appeared in 16 NHL games in 2019-20, tallying one assist, nine shots on goal, 19 hits and 15 blocked shots in 16:32 average time on ice. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman also skated in 45 games with the Griffins in his first season in North America, notching five points (0-5-5) and 26 penalty minutes. In 2018-19, Lindstrom won a Swedish Hockey League championship with Frolunda HC, notching six points (3-3-6) and 50 penalty minutes in 40 regular-season games and skating in six postseason games. Frolunda also captured a championship in the Champions League tournament, in which Lindstrom ranked second among the team's defensemen with six points (2-4-6) in 11 games.
Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the second round (38th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Lindstrom has played in 213 professional games between the NHL, AHL, SHL and second-tier Swedish Allsvenskan. In 87 games with Almtuna IS between 2016-18, he totaled 23 points (8-15-23) and 60 penalty minutes. The Ostervala, Sweden, native also picked up a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, notching one assist and eight penalty minutes in seven games. Prior to turning professional, Lindstrom played for Almtuna's junior teams, totaling 20 points (9-11-20) and 16 penalty minutes at the under-20 level and 51 points (20-31-51) and 68 penalty minutes in 59 games in the under-18 ranks.
Fulcher, 22, is in his third professional season after being limited to two games during the 2019-20 campaign with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye due to injury. The netminder has appeared in 30 games with the Walleye over his first two professional seasons, posting a 15-9-6 record, 3.17 goals-against average, 0.894 save percentage and one shutout. Fulcher made his NHL debut in relief duty during the Red Wings season finale on April 6, 2019 against Buffalo, making nine saves on 11 shots on goal.
Originally signed by the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent on Oct. 3, 2017, Fulcher was a 2018 Ontario Hockey League champion with the Hamilton Bulldogs and posted a 57-44-13 record, 3.19 goals-against average, 0.893 save percentage and five shutouts in 115 OHL games from 2015-18. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound netminder was also named the Most Outstanding Goaltender at the Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup following a 2.27 goals-against average and 0.918 save percentage in four games at the 2018 tournament.