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Michael Rasmussen Next Season

05/20/2022 at 6:44pm EDT

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

What Does His Detroit Future Hold?

Rasmussen is among the Detroit players who made the most progress this season. After his slow start, he started to grown more comfortable in his role as third line center. Over the course of the season, he became more physical. a better defensive forward and ultimately an improved scorer.

“I think (the season) was positive overall,” Rasmussen said. “I took a lot of strides in the right direction, got better at some stuff I needed to get better at. Just gained more experience. Individually it was good for me.”

The Red Wings would like to keep him at center, but haven’t ruled out playing him on wing. Rasmussen said he has no preference for wing or center. The expectation is still that he could become a valuable net-front presence on the power play.

But if he stays at No. 3 center and contributes 16-20 goals and is difficult to play against the Red Wings would be satisfied. By the end of the year, Rasmussen was playing a Jordan Staal-style game. In the last month of his season, when he was playing his best hockey, it was fair to wonder whether he might be able to be a second line winger or even a middle six forward who slides between lines depending upon the competition or situation.

With a new coach coming aboard, Rasmussen has a blank slate to expand his opportunity.

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