The Red Wings loaned Michael Rasmussen to the Elite ICE Hockey League’s Graz 99ers on Wednesday, and this morning, the 99ers’ team website posted a press release regarding Rasmussen’s addition to the team’s roster. What follows is translated from German:
The Moser Medical Graz 99ers have struck once again on the transfer marketplace. Michael Rasmussen, a 1st round pick of the Detroit Red Wings, is committed to play for Graz.
In the 2018-2019 season, Rasmussen played in 62 NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings, posting 8 goals and 10 assists. The Canadian was drafted by the Red Wings 9th overall in the first round of the 2017 NHL draft. He’s 197 centimeters tall and 100 kg, and he’s now heading to Graz and will play at center, making the team’s attack even more dangerous there.
“During the preseason we weren’t able to play a single game with a full lineup, so we wanted more depth on the team. If you have the chance to borrow a young 1st round draft pick like Michael Rasmussen of the Detroit Red Wings, then you have to hit,” says Graz 99ers GM Bernd Vollman.
Rasmussen will arrive in Graz in the next couple of days. The forward was signed for an indefinite period, but since it’s a loan, the Red Wings have the option of bringing the player back at the start of the NHL season.