from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
It is, as a fellow who used to coach the Red Wings was fond of saying, a small sample size. Yet the early returns are showing that the numbers aren’t adding up as easily so far for Raymond and Seider.
Like Larkin a 23-goal scorer as a rookie, Raymond has yet to dent the twine this season. En route to the Calder Trophy Seider was compiling 50 points last season, the most by a Red Wings rookie defender since Nicklas Lidstrom was arriving on the scene in 1991-92. Through three games, Seider hasn’t been able to put up a crooked number in the goals or assists column.
Should Red Wings Be Worried?
First of all, point-producing isn’t the only measurement of a player’s worth. Watching Detroit’s first three games, it would take a cynic to suggest that Seider and Raymond aren’t playing well for the Red Wings.
The message from new Detroit coach Derek Lalonde to last season’s rookie sensations is to stay true to who they are,both as people and as players.
“Control the things you can control,” Lalonde said. “Limit the moments.”