The Red Wings have locked up their top pick from June’s draft, announcing the signing of center Michael Rasmussen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rasmussen has spent the past two seasons with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. Last season, he finished second on the team in goals with 32 despite missing the final 22 games of the year due to a wrist injury that also kept him out of the playoffs. He finished with 55 points in total over 50 regular season contests.
Between that and his size (6’6), Detroit decided to take him ninth overall back at the draft. He’s not expected to contend for a roster spot with the Red Wings in training camp and will likely be sent back for his third full junior campaign. He’s currently suited up with Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase and should be in the mix for a spot for their entry at the World Junior Championships in December.