In what some are calling the first minor curveball of the draft, the Red Wings went with Lucas Raymond at No. 4 in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Still, most feel this is a great pick because Raymond is a playmaker, a scorer, and a competitor. He says of his own game, “I’d say I’m a mix between Mitch Marner & Artemi Panarin. I really like watching those two play.”
In many drafts there tends to be a slight drop in talent outside of the top two or three picks. Not in 2020. Lucas Raymond is as dynamic a hockey player as any of the three earlier selections. Who knows where this draft will eventually land in a decade or so, but one thing is for sure – Raymond has the tools to become another Swedish sensation for the Red Wings. The list of previous standout Swede’s in the motor city is impressive: Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist.
Will Raymond be the next? Many onlookers think Raymond can be a franchise type of player, and likely a big reason why Steve Yzerman and company chose to select him 4th overall.
How Swede It Is!
Over the last two seasons, the Gothenburg native has played for Frölunda of the Swedish Elite League. Raymond is also a fixture on the Swedish National Team. The slick right winger chipped in 2 goals and 2 assists over 7 games at the World Junior Championship this past year in the Czech Republic. A solid tournament for Raymond considering he was still only 17 years of age at the time.
Regardless of the timing surrounding an NHL season, Raymond will likely stay with Frölunda for the 20/21 season. Especially considering the Swedish Hockey League is already four games into the 20/21 season. So far, Raymond has a goal and an assist in four games with the Gothenburg based Frölunda.
Barring injury, Red Wings fans will get a good look at Raymond’s skill set this Christmas at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton.
The Red Wings have 9 more picks tomorrow through the second and seventh rounds. The Wings have some premium picks with three in the 2nd, and two in the 3rd. Will they keep the picks or package a couple of them for immediate assets?
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