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Learning In The AHL

02/13/2021 at 6:20pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

With the Red Wings again enduring a losing season, there’s plenty of discussion about why forward Michael Rasmussen and defenseman Dennis Cholowski are not in the NHL?

Both were taxi squad to start the season, Rasmussen was able to move onto the Red Wings’ roster after COVID sidelined five regulars and played eight games, but both are now playing in Grand Rapids.

With the way the Wings’ season is trending, it wouldn’t be surprising to see either, or both, get NHL playing time again.

But, for now, the organization would like to see both continue to develop and learn at the American League level.

And, there’s plenty to learn for both former first-round draft picks.

“You can’t just come in and fit in, ultimately, you have to show you’re making us better,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “It’s not good enough to show, ‘I can kind of come in and play and help us lose.’ That’s not what we’re looking for.

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