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Up Or Down Time

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Stock up

Michael Rasmussen

Rasmussen had a goal and two assists last week, tallying his second multipoint game of the season when he contributed two assists April 12 at the Hurricanes. (His first was Jan. 28 against the Stars). Rasmussen, a first-round pick in 2017, is noticeable every game for how he uses his big body to protect the puck, or drive to the net for a scoring opportunity. He led his team with six shots on net Saturday and nearly scored. He’s playing with so much confidence, and the improvement from even the start of the season is remarkable.

Jakub Vrana

What a debut for the trade-deadline acquisition: Out of the penalty box and straight up the ice for the winning goal. Vrana looks like he can be a good fit — he has won puck battles, and gone to hard areas. As his comfort level with new teammates grows, and as he finds chemistry on a new line, Vrana could be a bright spot over the final 10 games.

Stock down

Dennis Cholowski

The first time the 2016 first-round pick was called up this season, he appeared in two games before being sent back down. He has been up again since April 10, with steadily growing minutes — and no points. Saturday, he played 21:19, and 5:14 of that was power-play time. That’s the area where Cholowski, 23, needs to make an impact if he’s to gain traction. He’s an NHL-caliber skater, but needs to be more assertive with the puck.

more ($$$), no other players in the down section, also in the up are Stecher and DeKeyser.

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RedMenace's avatar

Cholowski has been fine, the the *#$%@& power play coaching that’s terrible.

There’s no *#$%@& way DK is trending up. While I’d love to be proven wrong, his days are absolutely numbered. Very small numbers. Like eleventeen.

Posted by RedMenace from Fuck HFBoards on 04/19/21 at 02:45 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Cholowski has been fine, the the *#$%@& power play coaching that’s terrible
Posted by RedMenace from *#$%@& HFBoards on

Exactly! Well said. I thought he looked pretty good yhus far.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/19/21 at 06:38 PM ET

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