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Tri-City’s Rasmussen signs with Red Wings

Tri-City Americans forward Michael Rasmussen signed a three-year entry level contract Saturday with the Detroit Red Wings, who selected him ninth overall in June’s NHL draft.
Tri-City Americans forward Michael Rasmussen signed a three-year entry level contract Saturday with the Detroit Red Wings, who selected him ninth overall in June’s NHL draft. Courtesy NHL.com

The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms Saturday with Tri-City Americans center Michael Rasmussen on a three-year entry-level contract.

Rasmussen, 18, was the Red Wings’ first choice in June’s NHL Draft, selected ninth overall in the first round.

The 6-foot-6, 221-pound forward currently is skating for Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich., and is slated to serve as captain of the Americans for the upcoming season.

Rasmussen has spent the past two seasons with Tri-City and ranked second on the team in 2016-17 with 32 goals, despite missing the final 22 games of the season because of knee and wrist injuries. He led the Americans with 15 power play goals, which tied for sixth overall in the WHL, and ranked among team leaders with 23 assists (9th), 55 points (7th) and five game-winning goals (T1st).

A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Rasmussen joined the Americans after the team selected him with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 WHL bantam draft.

Rasmussen has twice played for Canada at international tournaments, at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, and in five games for Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Tri-City defenseman Juuso Välimäki, a first-round pick (16th overall) of the Calgary Flames in June’s NHL draft, signed with the Flames on July 21.

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