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Sometimes You Are Unlucky But Lucky

11/13/2021 at 12:26pm EST

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Not even 18 months ago, in the run-up to the 2020 draft, Detroit’s disappointment was palpable when the 17-49-5 Red Wings fell from first to fourth in the selection order and lost the chance of nabbing potential franchise winger Alexis Lafreniere. Lo and behold, a month into this season they have the two top-scoring rookies in the league with winger Lucas Raymond (14 points) and defenseman Moritz Seider (11). They plucked Seider with the No. 6 pick in 2019, while Raymond was the 2020 consolation prize with that No. 4 pick, following the Rangers (Lafreniere), Kings (Quinton Byfield), and Senators (Tim Stutzle). With his 14 points, Raymond already is closing in on Lafreniere’s rookie line of 12-9—21 last season. It appears Seider and Raymond could be the primary building blocks of another long-awaited Dead Wings resurgence. Through 13 games this season, by the way, Lafreniere stood a tepid 3-1—4 for the Blueshirts.

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