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A Big Preseason For Lucas Raymond

09/29/2021 at 3:32pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There is a path for forward Lucas Raymond to make the Red Wings roster.

But for it to happen, Raymond is going to have to make a jaw-dropping impact in the two-week series of games.

Red Wings defenseman Wyatt Newpower, left, and right wing Lucas Raymond battle for the puck during training camp in Traverse City.
It can be done. Dylan Larkin did it in 2015 to make the Wings' roster, instead of apprenticing in Grand Rapids.

Raymond, the Wings' 2020 first-round draft pick (fourth overall), is going to have to be as dynamic.

“You should walk out of (the exhibition) games and feel like he was one of the better players on the ice,” said coach Jeff Blashill, of what Raymond has to do to be with the Wings opening night. “It shouldn’t be a hard decision. Because here’s the thing: If guys are equal, then you keep your depth by starting a guy like Lucas Raymond in the minors and letting him earn his way back on the team, whether through injuries, and we’re going to have injuries at some point.

"So, I said this earlier in the week: The guys that are trying to grab jobs, you can’t just be as good as another guy. You’ve got to be way better. When we watch the game, the impact on the game has to be great.”


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