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Quite The Start For Lucas Raymond

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Lucas Raymond has been dazzling for the Red Wings, at times making it look easy in his first exposure to the NHL.

Here's an example of how well Raymond has adjusted to life in the world's best hockey league.

He has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his opening 19 games, leading NHL rookies. Raymond also had 18 points in 34 games with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Elite League last season before being shut down by elbow surgery.

Raymond is getting a great opportunity playing with Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi this season. He's earned it with no signs of slowing down.

"He has a real mature game," coach Jeff Blashill said of the 2020 first-round pick, fourth overall, who is the front-runner for the Calder Trophy (NHL rookie of the year).

Just off the point-per-game pace, Raymond would be joining exclusive company if he were to keep it up as a rookie.

Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders) was the last player to do so  and the only one in the last 15 years.

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Detroit Red Wings play their 20th game tonight. Their next game, Wednesday against the St. Louis, puts them past the quarter pole of this NHL season. Time to evaluate what is working and what isn’t with the season almost 25% over.

Plus: Goaltending
It hasn’t been spectacular, but it has been solid to good in the vast majority of the games. Alex Nedeljkovic, technically still a rookie, has played better as the season has progressed. Despite a disastrous seven-goals-against start, he owns a respectable .912 save percentage. Greiss is dependable. The Red Wings’ defensive problems aren’t in the net.

Minus: Givani Smith
This is being written after one of his best performances of the season. He scored his first goal and showed some bite against Vegas.  But the Red Wings want more from him. He has the array of talents necessary to be an effective, gritty, intimidating third line performer. They want him to demand playing time with his play.

Plus: Simon Edvinsson
He was their first-round pick earlier this summer and he’s been an impact defenseman in the Swedish League. He’s 6-foot-4, skates extremely well, carries the puck confidently and enjoys playing a physical game.  A Swedish official told us the Red Wings have “another gem.” It’s still early, but it certainly looks as if he can have an impact similar to Raymond and Seider.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/20/21 at 06:48 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Lucas Raymond has been dazzling for the Red Wings, at times making it look easy in his first exposure to the NHL.

It may look easy, but I haven’t seen Raymond take one shift off since the season started. Every time he’s on the ice, he’s doing his best to be in the right spot at the right time – and he doesn’t back off from physical play in the least.

But the thing that really impresses me about him is that he’s like a sponge when he’s on the bench. Whenever the camera is pointed that way, it shows him talking to someone about what just happened or what’s going to happen on the next shift.

And here’s the best part of all. After feeling like the Wings were “cheated” out of the #1 pick in 2020, the NY media is talking about the idea of the Rangers sending Lafreniere to the AHL. You gotta love that.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/20/21 at 07:43 PM ET

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