This week’s prospects include Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City Americans), Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters) & Antoine Morand (Acadie-Bathurst Titan).
Michael Rasmussen - Tri-City Americans (WHL)
Born: April 17, 1999 - Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Weight: 200 lbs.
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
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.
Ivan Lodnia - Erie Otters (OHL)
Born: August 31, 1999 – Novi, Michigan, United States
Weight: 180 lbs.
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)
Born: February 18, 1999 – Mercier Quebec, Canada
Weight: 170 lbs.
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
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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