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Prospects Hitting The Ice And Eyes On Lucas Raymond

09/14/2021 at 7:41am EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings’ road to rehabilitation will come through an influx of young players, and the next group of such hopefuls get a chance to make their case this week.

Joe Veleno, Jonatan Berggren and Lucas Raymond highlight the list of Wings who will participate at the Prospect Tournament, which runs Sept. 16-20 in Traverse City, in advance of training camp. Usually an eight-team event, it returns this year as a five-team affair after being canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic. Top Wings prospects face the same from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs.

First-rounders

Veleno had a quick end-of-season audition with the Wings, after returning from a fine performance with Malmö in the Swedish Hockey League (20 points, 46 games). He appeared in five games, scoring once, and also had a goal and two assists in four games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Veleno, the 30th pick in 2018, is a fluid skater who has focused on the defensive side of his game over the past couple seasons.


The Wings see him at center, but Veleno could play wing, like Dylan Larkin did in his first year.

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via Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

As NHL training camps prepare to open for the 2021-22 season, it is time to highlight the most interesting prospect for each NHL team.

This is not meant to be every team’s top prospect, although at times it will be. This will identify the player whose progress will be the most fascinating to follow this fall.

Detroit: Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda-SHL

Why is this not Moritz Seider? Because realistically he’s going to be playing and playing a lot next season for Detroit. Where Raymond fits is more of a debate. He was good in Sweden last season but wasn’t amazing. The skill level for the 2020 fourth pick is off the charts, but how a summer of development changed his strength level will be interesting to see at his first NHL camp. I don’t expect him to make Detroit — although I’m not ruling it out — but with his size and lack of elite speed, I’ll be curious how he looks initially and how far away he seems if at all.

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