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Jeff Blashill On Michael Rasmussen

03/08/2021 at 4:35pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Rasmussen, 21, has three points (all assists) in 10 games with the Wings this season. He's had two different stays between seven games in Grand Rapids, where Rasmussen has two goals and four assists.

Coach Jeff Blashill has noticed Rasmussen, the Wings’ 2017 first-round pick, is playing with a bit more confidence this time in the lineup.

“He’s playing quicker, and that was clear the last couple of games we played,” Blashill said. “Is that because of an actual physical element or confidence? I can’t answer that. Both play into it. He’s worked hard at his skating through the course of the summer, but when he was up the first time (this season) the processing wasn’t quite quick enough making decisions and with the puck.

“Since he’s been back, he’s played way quicker and I would attribute most of that to confidence. He put a lot of pressure on himself early and that can happen sometimes. You just have to play and go for it as if you have nothing to lose and he certainly has had that attitude since coming back.”

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