Back in February, we gave you five players that the Flyers could potentially go after in this year’s draft. Now with the standings looking a bit different and the Flyers possibly messing up their own draft position here are five more talented players that could wind up in the Flyers system.
Previous Potential Draft Target – Casey Mittelstadt
C, Tri-City, WHL
Before I get started on this kid, it’s important to point out that Rasmussen is only 17 years old. He won’t turn eighteen until his Western Hockey League season with the Tri-City Americans ends. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s begin.
At 6’6″ tall and weighing 215lbs, Rasmussen is an extremely formidable 17-year-old who is able to get into tough areas in front of the net. He finished 6th on the team in scoring, leading his team in goals with 32. His sophomore season saw his points rise over his games played with 55 points in 50 games. Tri-City has clinched a playoff spot so Rasmussen will be given a prime opportunity to show what he can do on a bigger spectrum. He is likely to be given first line minutes next season for TC, as well as getting his first crack at the World Juniors for Team Canada. His draft position is estimated to be anywhere from #4 – #8, but he may drop after suffering a season-ending wrist injury at the beginning of March.
Looks like @TCAmericans‘ Michael Rasmussen will be out 3 mos w/ fractured wrist. One of my favorites to watch, and it’s his draft year. Sad.
— Tim Pigulski (@tpigulski) March 2, 2017
“[Rasmussen] has either the best natural instinct or willingness to get to the net and go around the net,” Tri-City coach Mike Williamson said. “And it sounds simple, but a lot of guys play on the perimeter, are not willing to go there, or just are off to the side enough to make it easy for a goalie. But his natural first instinct when he gets over the blue line is to get around the net.” – NHL.com
Some of the Flyers best performances have come when big players push to the net for scoring chances that don’t come from the point. Adding another big forward who can push to the net could give them another Wayne Simmonds-esque presence. With the young core full of smaller speedy offensemen, it may not hurt to have a big body up front.
— Okanagan Hockey (@OkanaganHockey) March 9, 2017