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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Blackhawks add Swedish center Rasmussen

By Scott Powers

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

The 23-year-old Rasmussen, who is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds and has a left-handed shot, played last season for the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League. He had 16 goals, 24 assists and was a plus-6 at center in 52 games. He also had two goals and four assists in 12 playoff games. He had 40 goals and 45 assists in 149 career games in the SHL and also played for Sweden in the 2014 World Championship.

“[He’s] a big forward with solid speed and defensive value,” ESPN NHL Draft and Prospects analyst Corey Pronman said of Rasmussen. “Put up points this year in the SHL, but likely more a bottom-6 forward in the NHL in a non-power-play role. Played on this year's World Championship squad for Sweden is a lower role.”

Rasmussen joins a number of other Swedish players already in the organization. The Blackhawks’ active roster includes Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger, David Rundblad, Joakim Nordstrom from Sweden.

Blackhawks prospects Klas Dahlbeck, Carl Dahlstrom, Robin Press, Viktor Svedberg and Robin Norell are also from Sweden.