Rasmussen, Hamilton, & Jokinen Drive Red Wings Preseason WinSeptember 19, 2018
Let’s all just take a moment and revel in the win. Overtime hasn’t been Detroit’s strongest area, but one wouldn’t have thought that tonight. The preseason opener at the Little Caesars Arena was entertaining and thankfully, successful. Tallying more than 17 minutes of ice time, Michael Rasmussen flicked in the game-winning goal off of a pass from Dylan Larkin. Kicking the preseason off on a positive note, the Red Wings will ideally take tonight’s enthusiasm into tomorrow’s match against the Chicago Blackhawks
Introducing Trevor Hamilton and Michael Rasmussen
If you haven’t heard of either Trevor Hamilton or Michael Rasmussen already, you know them now. Hamilton, a Penn State graduate and former Captain of the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) netted his first goal on NHL ice tonight. Hamilton was invited on a professional tryout and will likely spend time in Grand Rapids this season. Despite the oddity of the goal and unexplained redirect, Hamilton was credited with it and was given the #2 player of the game.
Rasmussen had a sketchy NHL Prospect Tournament which found him a little underwhelming. Throughout Red Wings Training Camp in Traverse City, Rasmussen improved exponentially and it paid off tonight. He got knocked around quite a bit but was able to get a boost in confidence by netting the game-winner. Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Dennis Cholowski, and Michael Rasmussen worked very well together on the power play special team. The goal was counted as an even-strength goal since time had just expired, but that unit was none-the-less impressive.
Defensive Magic – Joe Hicketts
Joe Hicketts is a favorite in Grand Rapids and the Detroit world is seeing why once again. Hicketts is incredibly consistent and had a terrific camp in Traverse City. He has a tireless work ethic on the ice and has gotten much stronger over the summer. His defensive ability has improved by leaps and bounds and it will not be long till the Red Wings decide to reward him with a roster spot. Hicketts is a smart player and has a well-developed offensive ability as well. He made an impression tonight and will continue to do so.
Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, and Joe Veleno Stand Out
Dylan Larkin bore an “A” on his sweater tonight, and in proper form, played like a leader. He was aggressive, strong, and had amazing opportunities. Working with Mantha and 2nd year Red Wing, Tyler Bertuzzi, were a powerful line. They created quick rushes and tons of offense for the team. Along with the current roster-Wings, newly drafted Joe Veleno dominated his game.
Joe Veleno, though selected lower than Filip Zadina, played as if he were number one. He owned the neutral zone and was available in front of the net at a moment’s notice. Throughout camp, he performed more consistently than Zadina. He has strength, though he has a narrow build, and can handle the puck smoothly with very alert on-ice sense. Zadina is a phenomenal player but Veleno is making a very strong case for himself.