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Quite The Start For Lucas Raymond

11/20/2021 at 3:56pm EST

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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