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The Cornerstones Of The Rebuild

10/21/2021 at 6:39am EDT

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

As part of the rebuild process, they selected defenseman Moritz Seider with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and Raymond with the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Now each is in the lineup.

Raymond is Detroit's highest pick since it chose center Keith Primeau at No. 3 in the 1990 NHL Draft.

Seider was the defenseman of the year in the Swedish Hockey League last season. The 20-year-old has three assists in three games for the Red Wings (and didn't even earn an assist on Raymond's goal, despite starting the sequence with a nifty move to avoid an opponent in the Detroit zone and a pass to transition the puck the other way).

Raymond also came from the SHL and has scored three points (one goal, two assists) in three games for Detroit, which is off to a 2-0-1 start and hosts the Calgary Flames on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNW, BSDET, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

"It will be very interesting to follow a player like Moritz Seider, who we saw a lot here in Sweden last year," said Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom, a Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman who lives in Sweden but came to Detroit for the start of the season. "He has a great future. He has all it takes to be a really good player and an asset for Detroit.

"And that goes for Lucas Raymond as well. He had a very good preseason and is a promising player. These younger guys on the team are very interesting players. It will be fun to watch them."

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