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The Cornerstones Of The Rebuild

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

As part of the rebuild process, they selected defenseman Moritz Seider with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and Raymond with the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Now each is in the lineup.

Raymond is Detroit's highest pick since it chose center Keith Primeau at No. 3 in the 1990 NHL Draft.

Seider was the defenseman of the year in the Swedish Hockey League last season. The 20-year-old has three assists in three games for the Red Wings (and didn't even earn an assist on Raymond's goal, despite starting the sequence with a nifty move to avoid an opponent in the Detroit zone and a pass to transition the puck the other way).

Raymond also came from the SHL and has scored three points (one goal, two assists) in three games for Detroit, which is off to a 2-0-1 start and hosts the Calgary Flames on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNW, BSDET, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

"It will be very interesting to follow a player like Moritz Seider, who we saw a lot here in Sweden last year," said Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom, a Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman who lives in Sweden but came to Detroit for the start of the season. "He has a great future. He has all it takes to be a really good player and an asset for Detroit.

"And that goes for Lucas Raymond as well. He had a very good preseason and is a promising player. These younger guys on the team are very interesting players. It will be fun to watch them."

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Paul's avatar

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

So, here’s an early attempt to separate what I believe from what I know about the Red Wings after three games.

What I believe: Detroit’s top line looks like a well-balanced trio that can give opposing teams fits. Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Lucas Raymond have been responsible for several of the Red Wings’ goals so far this season, including two Tuesday night and Bertuzzi’s wild season-opener, but even if the puck hadn’t been going in, the skill sets between the three appear complementary.


What I know: The Red Wings haven’t yet had to resort to leaning on that top line too heavily. I think readers are actually going to dislike hearing this, but no Red Wings forward played 18 minutes last night. Givani Smith played 8:07, Mitchell Stephens played 12:40, and everyone else was right there in between 13:38 and 17:55. It was a similar story against Vancouver, with Bertuzzi leading all Detroit forwards at 18:10.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/21/21 at 07:07 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

What I know: The Red Wings haven’t yet had to resort to leaning on that top line too heavily. I think readers are actually going to dislike hearing this, but no Red Wings forward played 18 minutes last night.

I actually LIKE to hear that.  The past few years this team has been a one trick pony - if they weren’t scoring with the first line, well, then most other goals being scored were off breakaways.  This team is more balanced, and it starts with the dmen being able to control the puck.  If they can get away from grinding Larking and Bert for 20, 21 mins a night, it’s going to be a good thing - especially long term - for those guys and the team in general.

It is like any other team at work; if you are a high performing individual and you take on the majority of the workload, eventually you get burned out.  They really need to balance the workload on this team.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/21/21 at 08:42 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I actually LIKE to hear that.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/21/21 at 09:42 AM ET

Yeah, I had to read that part twice to make sure I understood what Cotsonika was talking about. When the Wings were at their best in the past, they were a four-line team. Right now they’re probably a three-and-a-half- line team.

And the more they can control the amount of time Raymond plays, the better. Playing him 20 minutes a night would not be helpful. And the same goes for Dylan and Bert who are still recovering from last year’s injuries.

“He has a great future. He has all it takes to be a really good player and an asset for Detroit.

“And that goes for Lucas Raymond as well.”

Well, when Lidstrom (who’s watched them a lot) says something like that, it gives you a lot of confidence in the future. And he had good things to say about Edvinsson as well.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/21/21 at 01:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

And he had good things to say about Edvinsson as well.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/21/21 at 02:28 PM ET

I almost forgot about that guy.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/21/21 at 02:14 PM ET

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Eklund has shown really well so far for
a somewhat resurgent San Jose team that must
feel refreshed with some new and younger players, some new options in net, and perhaps emotionally unburdened from Kane not being
around.

Edvinsson was a classic high-end bet.,
He might take longer but if you get a really mobile,
skilled left D his size, with a bit of MMA fearlessness,
and he puts it all together it’s an exciting pick. So hard to project
when you take those gambles at D. Wallinder and Tuomisto were
high second round picks who have perhaps not panned out per their
relative age and experience timelines, yet. Hence perhaps the Buium pick.

But if Johansson and Edvinsson make as top-four regulars that would be huge.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/21/21 at 05:06 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Since we’re talking about “cornerstones” of the future Wings, how about Sebatian Cossa. If you haven’t checked lately, he’s played seven games for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL and he’s got a 1.28 GAA and a .951 SV%. I know it’s juniors, but what I like is that he’s improved his number each of his two+ seasons with the Oil Kings.

And for a little icing on the cake, Veleno has three goals in two games for the Griffins so far this year. So two years from now, I’m guess the Wings (and their new head coach, Alex Tanguay) will be back in the playoffs. God bless Steve Yzerman.  cool smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/21/21 at 06:04 PM ET

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