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Preview Of Detroit Players At The Prospect Tournament

from George Malik of The Malik Report,

So let’s talk about the players participating in the Wings’ prospect tournament, their backgrounds, and perhaps some of the expectations for them going into next Thursday.


#23 Lucas Raymond, LW: I guess we start at the top, then. Raymond, 19, was the 4th overall draft pick by the Red Wings in 2020, and he’s listed at 5’10” and 183 pounds. Raymond didn’t have a dominant first full season at the pro level in Sweden with Frolunda, posting 6 goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 36 games played, but it turns out that he had a nagging elbow injury that required surgical repairs.

Raymond’s still considered the Red Wings’ best forward prospect, and he’s been compared to Mitch Marner. Coming off an abbreviated season, coming off surgery, and knowing that he’s going to have to adjust to the smaller rink and increased pace of play of North American hockey, these “touches” will be big for his acclimation process....

#46 Chase Pearson, C: Pearson is at a very different end of the developmental spectrum from Raymond, both in terms of his skill set and professional outlook. At 24 years of age, the 6’2,” 201-pound center is expected to make an impact at the NHL level as a checking-line center (think Luke Glendening 2.0).

What Pearson did in his second AHL season, however, surprised many observers: he posted 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points over the course of only 28 games, replicating his college-level production (he was a point-per-game player at the University of Maine, where he served as captain)....

more on each player plus many more names...

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