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Tyler Bertuzzi Ready For The NHL, Michael Rasmussen Doing What He Can

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There are no more questions whether Tyler Bertuzzi will begin the season in the minor leagues or with the Red Wings.

Any more question of that was squashed around the middle of last season. That’s when Bertuzzi was promoted by the Wings and said farewell to Grand Rapids with an impressive, prolonged NHL debut.

Bertuzzi showed the type of versatility and know-how that could make him a valuable NHL player for a long time.

“I left last season confident in my game and myself,” said Bertuzzi, 23, who scored seven goals with 17 assists (24 points) with the Wings in 48 games. “I felt good toward the end of the season, scoring on my chances. I’m just going to be hopeful to take that into this year and start playing confidently, and we’ll see how it goes.”

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Ansar Khan of Mlive on Michael Rasmussen,

"I feel good. I got to bring it to another level for preseason and I'm just excited to get that going," Rasmussen said. "I got a lot of opportunity. I'm just ready for whatever games they give me. The more the merrier. It's exciting."

The Red Wings broke training camp Tuesday and will play eight preseason games in a span of 11 days. Coach Jeff Blashill told media at Centre ICE Arena that Rasmussen will skate on a line with Joe Veleno, the 30th pick this year, and Justin Abdelkader on Wednesday.

Blashill said Rasmussen, 19, improved as camp progressed and is more comfortable at wing, where he excelled for Tri-City in the WHL playoffs (16 goals, 33 points in 14 games) and also for the Red Wings in the Prospects Tournament. A natural center, the Red Wings want him to transition to the NHL at wing, where he won't have quite the same defensive responsibility.

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Hippy Dave's avatar

Do we know the roster/cuts yet, Paul?

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 09/18/18 at 04:03 PM ET

Paul's avatar

HD, they cut around ten a few days ago, no surprises.

First preseason game tomorrow, expect more soon.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/18/18 at 04:05 PM ET

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