Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks players watch and react as the Los Angeles Kings players celebrate after game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks sign Dennis Rasmussen to one-year contract


The Chicago Blackhawks signed forward Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Financial details were not originally disclosed, however, Renaud Lavoi, a hockey reporter for eporter TVA Sports et Journal de Montréal, tweeted out the following: 

The 23-year-old had 16 goals and 24 assists throughout 52 games played this season with Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League.

 

Rasmussen led Vaxjo in points, ranked second in goals and assists, and was 10th in the league in points, 12th in assists and 17th in goals. 

He was a part of Team Sweden and helped bring them to win the bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.

It is not likely that Rasmussen will join Chicago’s starting lineup for the start of the 2014-15 campaign, but has a lot of potential on the ice. Training camp will be an excellent learning situation for the young player.

Rasmussen is seen as a good-sized player with decent speed and has a two-way acumen. He handles the puck incredibly well and will drive the net to battle for a score.

These are great attributes that coach Joel Quenneville will definitely be looking for when seeing him skate during training camp.

The question remains as to whether the Blackhawks will keep Andrew Shaw at second line center to start the season. If doing so, Rasmussen will be trying to get a spot on either the third or fourth lines. It will be interesting to see what pans out prior to the start of next season.


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