Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff took note of Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff’s comments as relating to the play of Michael Rasmussen during the WHL playoffs, where Rasmussen racked up 33 points over the course of 17 games played for the Tri-City Americans:
“He’s a guy that got better as the year’s gone on,” Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff told Mlive.com. “This is the best hockey he played all year, obviously, and it couldn’t come at a better time.”
Of even more intrigue to the Detroit brass was the fact that Rasmussen skated on the wing in the playoffs, a position he’s most likely to occupy if he cracks the Red Wings lineup for the 2018-19 NHL season.
“He’s learning how to do that,” Horcoff said. “He never has, he’s normally been a center. We know him to be that and view him as that. But at the same time it’s always good to learn how to play wing, which makes him more of a complete player.”
The Wings liked how quickly Rasmussen adapted to his new role, and how well it suited his game.
“Once the playoffs started he found his groove,” Horcoff said. “He was more comfortable. He was hard on the puck. With his size and strength in that league he was really hard to knock off the puck down low. He was making some great offensive plays, some great passes, showing some really good vision from below the top of the circles, which is a nice asset to go along with his good hands and scoring touch out front.”
Duff and Horcoff continue, discussing the play of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Jordan Sambrook…