In the first two installments of the potential selections for the Flyers 13th overall pick we examined Nicholas Suzuki and Eeli Tolvanen. The next player we are looking at who would be a good fit for the Flyers and has a realistic likelihood of being available is Michael Rasmussen.
Our series assumes that the Flyers do not win the draft lottery of which there is a 2.2% chance of happening. We are focusing on players who the Flyers have a realistic chance of selecting with the 13th pick, not dream picks who will be long gone by the time the Flyers choose.
Weight: 203 pounds
Team: Tri City Americans
Hometown: Surrey, BC, Can
2017 Stats: Games: 50 Goals: 32 Assists: 23 Points: 55 +/-: -13
2016 Stats: Games: 69 Goals: 18 Assists: 25 Points: 43 +/-: +4
Highlights: Drafted 7th overall in 2014 CHL import draft
Rasmussen is ranked by the major 5 houses from 3rd to 18th. This makes targeting where Rasmussen will be selected, with any accuracy, more difficult. Obviously, anything can happen and we have seen players fall unexpectedly in previous drafts. This draft is also defense heavy in the first 20 especially. Therefore, his being on the table when the Flyers select at 13 is plausible.
Future Considerations – 18th
NHL Central Scouting – 5th
Mckeen’s Hockey – 3rd
Hockey Prospects dot Com – 15th
ISS Hockey – 8th
Rasmussen suffered a broken wrist in early February which required surgery and kept him out of the remainder of the season. Before the mishap, he had amassed 55 points in 50 games including 32 goals. His injury may be part of the reason his rankings are showing a wide variance.
Rasmussen projects as a top six forward who has tremendous size and knows how to use it. He has a solid two-way game and his puck control is excellent. It is very hard to get the puck away from him and he utilizes that skill to get close to the net and power the puck past the goalie.
He has very good hands, sharp instincts and great vision. His vision and hands make him very good at passing in tight spaces and deflecting shots from in close.
“”A big kid with strong puck protection skills. Works hard all over the ice and has good playmaking skills. Uses his good vision and passing skills to distribute the puck effectively. “” – Dennis Schellenberg Hoekcy Prospectus
Rasmussen played in the 2016/17 U18 Hlinka Memorial tournament for team Canada scoring 4 points in 4 games.
Rasmussen can be the very good power center that the Flyers sorely lack. He has a very heavy, accurate wrister with an excellent release. He can battle behind the net and distribute the puck using his vision and passing skills to help his linemates put the puck in the net.
He can also improve the second power play unit when he would join the Flyers.
Rasmussen would be a very good addition to the prospect pool for the Flyers.