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Dylan Larkin On Lucas Raymond

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“He doesn’t seem like a 19-year-old to me. He’s mature beyond his years,” Larkin said. “I feel like when I was 19, I made a lot of mistakes. I was skating a thousand miles an hour and had a lot to learn. Lucas, it seems like he plays on the right side of the puck, he doesn’t cheat much, which is of big value here. He plays the right way, and he gets rewarded for it.”...

“Obviously, we know the caliber of player, what he did to get drafted so high (No. 4 overall in 2020) and what he did after the draft,” Larkin said. “It’s early, but what he’s done is impressive.”

Larkin praised Raymond’s attitude and demeanor.

“Even from Day 1, whether he was (going to play) in Grand Rapids or he was playing on our team, it didn’t really matter to him,” Larkin said. “He wanted to play in North America. He wanted to play pro hockey. I think he really believed in himself and believed whether it was this year or next year, 10 games, two months, whatever it was, he was going to have an impact on this team.

“He had a quiet confidence about himself. It was never cocky. He really believed that, and I think he continues to believe that. He’s very humble with the success he’s had. Like every player in pro sports, you have your ups and downs, that’s how you really get through that. You keep a level head through the high times because the low times are there as well.”

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

I agree with everything Larkin said about Raymond. But I also love the way Dylan said. He’s showing his own maturity this year both as a player and as the newly appointed captain.

With this being the start of his seventh season in Detroit, it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s still only 25. And keep in mind that once Vrana comes back after the first of the year, the Wings top two lines won’t have anyone over 26 on them (assuming everyone stays healthy).

• Bertuzzi (26) - Larkin (25) - Raymond (19)
• Fabbri (25) - Suter (25) - Vrana (25)

Then add in Erne (26), Rasmussen (22), Stephens (24), Veleno (21), Seider (20), Lindstrom (23), Hronek (23) and Nedeljkovic (25) and you’ve got a pretty solid foundation for the future. Now all that’s needed is to promote Blashill to the front office (where he probably should have been all along) and let someone like Tanguay mold these young guys into a team that plays up to its full potential.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/27/21 at 10:07 AM ET

a_k_l's avatar

@OlderThanChelios

We also have Zadina. He has potential, but struggling. Hopefully he can get going and start filling nets with pucks as he has promised.

Posted by a_k_l on 10/27/21 at 10:32 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Zadina could learn a few things from Raymond.  One of Raymond’s goals the other night was scored in close.  Raymond has been in that area before then moves away once the puck clears that area.

Zadina is still hanging around the Ovechkin area and until he gets moving more in the offensive zone, goals will be hard to come by.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/27/21 at 10:35 AM ET

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Absolutely right paul.  Z seems to want to prove he can snipe.  But tbh, his shot looks rusty as well like his tools have regressed in that regard. He also hasn’t learned how to drift in and out of soft spots like shooters are adept at.  He’s thoroughly been turned into a 4th line grinder at least mentally.  Fabbri I think shows way more offensive instincts at this point.  It seems like z spends all his time mucking boards anymore or playing D in the o zone, like Stephens.  No real plan of attack, just keep zone time.  I dunno what’s up there but gradually becoming concerning.

Posted by ThatGuy on 10/27/21 at 12:33 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

We also have Zadina.

Posted by a_k_l on 10/27/21 at 11:32 AM ET

Thanks. I knew I’d forget somebody. And I share everyone’s concerns about the way he’s playing, but let’s not forget that he’s still just 21 and he’s doing what he was asked to do last year – play better defensive hockey.

Maybe Tanguay can get through to him that he’s still got solid offensive skills. Right now, he seems to be a bit confused about who he is and what he’s supposed to do.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/27/21 at 01:50 PM ET

jhpcarrier97's avatar

Great posts, I’m glad someone did mention Larkin’s age.  He is young, and a lot of weight on him these last few years. Watch him blossom further as a center and a Capt.  You can just see all the good we expected from him as a 19 year old, and now Raymond has a young mentor to follow.  NEVER BREAK THOSE TWO UP Blashill !!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 10/27/21 at 10:01 PM ET

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