In Red Wings Land
How do we feel about Michael Rasmussen’s rookie campaign?
He’s put up eight goals and 10 assists in 62 games so far this season. Four of his eight goals have come on the power play. He’s a minus-8 with 29 PIMS.
My expectations weren’t very high for the 19-year-old. I probably expected to see more than 18 points, but he’s on a bad team and he’s a young kid making the jump straight from juniors. That’s not exactly a recipe for success. I guess I’m just glad he got the experience of an NHL season. Next year is when the expectations get higher and I want to see some improvement from the 9th overall pick.
Around the League
Here’s a kid that could be a real possibility for the Red Wings this June if they strike out on a top two pick. Bowen Bryam is a left shooting defenseman and listed at 6’1”, 192 lbs. At the moment, he’s expected to be the top d-man taken in the NHL Draft.
Byram, No. 4 in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings of North American skaters, was third among WHL defenseman in points (71) and first in goals (26) and game-winning goals (nine) in 67 regular-season games. He set a Vancouver Giants record for most goals by a defenseman in the regular season, a mark previously held by Kevin Connauton (Arizona Coyotes), who had 24 goals in 69 games in 2009-10.