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Red Wings Sign Michael Rasmussen to 3-Year Entry Level Contract

Detroit’s 2017 first-rounder signs his first NHL deal.

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with center Michael Rasmussen on a three-year entry-level contract.

Rasmussen, 18, was the Red Wings’ first choice of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on June 23 at the United Center in Chicago, selected with the ninth overall pick of the first round. The 6-foot-6, 221-pound forward is currently skating for Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., and is slated to serve as captain of the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign. 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 due to a wrist injury. 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). In 114 games with Tri-City since 2014-15, Rasmussen has registered 98 points (50-48-98) and 89 penalty minutes.

A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Rasmussen joined the Tri-City organization after the team selected him with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Prior to entering the WHL, Rasmussen played for the Okanagan Hockey Academy, leading the team with 50 points (27-23-50) in 28 games during the 2014-15 season and adding another eight points (3-5-8) in three postseason games to help the team capture the Canadian Sport School Hockey League championship. Rasmussen has also twice played for Canada at international tournaments,producing four points (1-3-4) in four games at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and picking up three points (2-1-3) in five games for Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia.

Specific contract details have yet to be released, but Capfriendly has Rasmussen at the ELC max paragraph 1 salary of $925,000. Rasmussen will be eligible to receive performance bonuses atop that salary for things like games played or awards won as well.

With Rasmussen signing at age 18, his deal is eligible to “slide” two years if he doesn’t play more than 9 games in the NHL in either of those years. This also means that if Rasmussen isn’t on the team, his contract will not count against the Wings’ 50-contract limit.

Currently, Detroit has 45 contracts against that limit (not counting Givani Smith’s sliding deal), and have yet to re-sign restricted free agents Andreas Athanasiou or Robbie Russo.