from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The Red Wings want Lucas Raymond to be noticeable, make an impact, and be one of the best players on the ice when he is playing these exhibition games.
If Raymond does that, he'll be on the opening-night roster.
One game in, Raymond was very noticeable.
Raymond scored a goal in his exhibition season debut, helping the Red Wings to a 6-2 victory over Buffalo at Little Caesars Arena.
"It's a great for a guy like that to come in and be as confident as he is," said linemate Robby Fabbri, who scored two goals. "It's important that he's making those plays and playing his game and you can see that tonight. It makes our job easier when he's playing his game."
Fabbri (two goals, including an empty netter), Troy Stecher, Luke Witkowski and Jon Martin added the other goals, but it was Raymond who the fans came to see — along with defenseman Moritz Seider — and fans likely went home happy.
"Like I said (during in training camp in Traverse City), he looks good," said Pius Suter, who had three assists. "He shoots the puck and has a nice shot."
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
The Detroit Red Wings beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 Thursday in their home preseason opener. Here are four takeaways from the game:
Lucas Raymond scored a goal and added an assist in his NHL preseason debut. He pounced on a loose puck 10 feet from the boards, turned toward the slot area and fired a shot through the wickets of goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Raymond was also +3 in the contest.
It’s only one preseason game against a poor Buffalo team. But Blashill has said Raymond needs to make himself visible in every game he plays and he certainly was noticeable in his debut. Blashill has joked that Raymond, 19, needs to play impressively to the point that even his wife knows he should be on the team.
What we saw in his preseason debut is what Raymond does best, sliding into the soft areas of the defense and beating a goalie with a quick shot.
Below watch the post-game talk.