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Prospect Profile: Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City Americans), Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters) & Antoine Morand (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)


 

This week’s prospects include Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City Americans), Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters) & Antoine Morand (Acadie-Bathurst Titan).


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Michael Rasmussen - Tri-City Americans (WHL)
Position: 
C
Born: April 17, 1999  - Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Height: 6’5"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2014 WHL Draft - Round #1 (7th overall) by the Tri-City Americans

Ultra-competitive Michael Rasmussen is a high intensity, skilled power forward who has shown flashes of a potential top 10 pick this season. He has a great combination of power and skill. Rasmussen is a very mobile skater for a kid his size and does a great job of keeping himself separated from the D using his reach. He’s a force to be reckoned with below the goal line – he’s tough to move off the puck and does a great job of making space for himself to make plays from the wing and skate the puck hard to the net. The Surrey, B.C. native plays with a ton of grit and will not let you get the best of him. His natural strength is a very noticeable trait. He’s an above average skater who can take the breakout pass out of his own end and skate hard into the zone making defenceman react. Coming off a successful underage season where he posted 18 goals and 43 points, expectations are high for him this season. 

DID YOU KNOW? Rasmussen is off to a hot start this season and in the Americans’ Opening weekend, Rasmussen posted his first WHL (natural) hat trick and added another goal in a game against Spokane 7-4. 


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Ivan Lodnia - Erie Otters (OHL)
Position: 
C
Born: August 31, 1999 – Novi, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2015 OHL Draft - Round #1 (20th overall) by the Erie Otters

Ivan Lodnia is a smaller forward who has exceptional on-ice IQ and can read a play well ahead of it happening. He knows he is a bit undersized but plays his game and shows that it doesn’t bother him. Lodnia has a real goal scoring touch and was quietly a standout on a stacked offensively talented team last season. He finished with 43 points in 72 games and will be  counted on to improve those numbers this season. Has the ability to pick out passes and set up his line mates. He is always thinking ahead and anticipating which creates panic for the defenceman allowing him to intercept passes. He is a speedy playmaker who will need to bulk up to compete effectively at the next level. 

DID YOU KNOW?  Ivan was the first member of his family born in North America after his parents and sister immigrated to Los Angeles from Ukraine. Ivan spent the 2014-15 season playing for Honeybaked U16 in Detroit, putting up 15 goals and 29 points in 26 games before getting drafted into the OHL.

 
 

Antoine Morand, Centre, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL
Position: Centre
Born: February 18, 1999 – Mercier Quebec, Canada
Height: 5’9"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2015 QMJHL Draft – Round #1 (2nd overall) by Acadie-Bathurst Titan

Antoine Morand is a very creative and shifty undersized forward. He is an excellent playmaker who seems to know where everybody is on the ice. His ability to elude defenders and skate himself out of trouble is impressive considering he does not have blazing speed, and he makes it nearly impossible to catch him in open ice. A pass-first type of player, he may be better off passing as his shot needs to get better. One of his strongest assets is his puck control. He can hide the puck well from defenders and his stickhandling eliminates the chances of poke checks. He won’t play the physical game so avoids it all together. His smaller frame enables him to be more mobile in traffic and he finds space in tight areas.

DID YOU KNOW? In his rookie season with Acadie-Bathurst last season, Morand was more than a point per game player with 50 points in 48 games which included 14 goals.  


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