Tri-City Americans Captain Signs With Detroit Red Wings
Rasmussen, a Surrey British Columbia native, stands 6-feet-6-inches tall, weighs 221 pounds, and was taken with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft. He is the first Americans forward selected since 2010 and is the first first round pick since Scott Gomez went 27th overall to the New Jersey Devils in 1998. Rasmussen was selected by Tri-City with the 7th overall pick in the 2014 WHL bantam draft, is currently skating for Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich.
He's the first Americans player to be drafted in the first round since Goalie Chet Pickard was selected 18th overall by the Nashville Predators in 2008.
Rasmussen racked up 32 goals in 2016-17, good for second on the club, despite missing the last 22 games of the season because of injuries to his knee and wrist.
The Americans other first round pick, defenseman Juuso Valimaki, was taken with the 16th overall pick and he signed with the Calgary Flames July 21st.