SJS:

0

EIS:

0

Preview

CAR:

0

BUF:

0

Preview

NYI:

0

PHI:

0

Preview

OTT:

0

MTL:

0

Preview

MIN:

0

STL:

0

Preview

ARI:

0

VGK:

0

Preview

LAK:

0

ANA:

0

Preview

Analysis: Lucas Raymond running out of steam in Detroit

Lucas Raymond is in the stretch run of his rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings. Heading into tonight’s game, Raymond appears to be running out of steam, as he has played every game for the Red Wings this season. Raymond has been one of the top rookie scorers in the NHL all season long. Raymond is currently tied with Trevor Zegras for 2nd in rookie, scoring 55 points.

It’s Been a Long Season

The grind of an NHL season is difficult for all players, and Raymond is no exception. Before this season, Raymond was used to playing less than 50 games. By the end of this season, Raymond will have played almost double the games he played last year.

Last season, at the age of 18, Raymond played his first entire season of professional hockey in the SHL. In 34 regular season games playing for Frolunda, Raymond scored six goals, 12 assists, 18 points, and had a +1 rating. Raymond also played five games in the IIHF World Junior Championships as a member of Team Sweden, where he scored two goals, three assists, five points, and a +2 rating.

This season, Raymond wasn’t initially scheduled to start the year with Detroit. A shoulder injury to Jakub Vrana in training camp led to an opening on Detroit’s top line. Raymond jumped at the opportunity and hasn’t looked back. In 73 games, Raymond has scored 22 goals, 33 assists, 55 points, and a troubling -26 rating.

Second Half Struggles

The entire Detroit Red Wings team has struggled during the second half of the season. After initially being in the running for a Wild Card playoff spot, the Red Wings have completely self-imploded during the second half. This self-destruction has been well documented over the last month, with numerous losses and a league record of 28 empty-net goals against.

Raymond recently turned 20, and he looks like he is wearing down as the season has dragged along. In his last ten games, Raymond has scored two goals, and both of those goals were scored against Ottawa during Detroit’s 5-2 loss at home on April 1st.

During Raymond’s last 19 games, dating back to March 4, Raymond has scored six goals, six assists, 12 points, and a disappointing -23 rating. To cut Raymond some slack, some of these even-strength goals against happened at the end of games, while the goaltender was pulled.

Expectations for Next Year

Expectations moving forward will be high for the former 4th overall pick from the 2020 draft. He will likely be a finalist for the Calder Trophy and has had a terrific first year playing on the top line in Detroit. Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi have been tremendous linemates. He has also found a best friend in fellow rookie Moritz Seider making the transition away from his homeland that much easier.

One year of experience, where he has been averaging 18:15 of playing time, has done wonders for Detroit’s top young forward. A summer in the gym where he will undoubtedly get stronger, coupled with the opportunity to play for Sweden at the IIHF World Championships, should prepare Raymond for another season of NHL hockey where he will take his game to the next level for the Red Wings.

Preseason Storylines The Production Line Podcast

After an eventful trip up to Traverse City, the Red Wings have begun preseason action. In this episode, we recap Detroit's games versus Pittsburgh and Chicago while also pointing out top performers. We also give our biggest storylines around the rest of the preseason. Thanks for listening! Please rate and review our show on your favorite listening platform. Check out our partner's website at www.insidetherink.com for all your latest hockey news.
  1. Preseason Storylines
  2. Edvinsszn
  3. Prospect Tournament Preview and Questions Heading into Next Season
  4. Zadina and Make-or-Break Players
  5. Red Wings at the WJC

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Virtanen Stays Alive and Oilers Roster Cuts

On September 19th, the Oilers signed Jake Virtanen to a PTO, a decision that left many fans upset and frustrated. In January of 2021, Virtanen was charged with one count of sexual assault, and an investigation was launched. On July 26th, Virtanen was found not guilty. Virtanen is also facing a civil lawsuit, and a […]

Read More

Maple Leafs Make First Set of Cuts

On October 3rd, the Maple Leafs announced their first round of cuts to their training camp roster via Twitter. A major commonality between these players is that they don’t have to pass through waivers before joining the Marlies. Of the players assigned to the Marlies, two names mainly stick out, Max Ellis and Curtis Douglas. […]

Read More
Matt Murray making save on Montreal Canadiens player

Game Preview: Leafs lineup starting to take shape as they take on the Canadiens

Tonight the Maple Leafs will take on the Canadiens while testing out more lines that we could see on opening night. As the regular season nears, competition for the second-line LW slot intensifies mainly between two names. Projected Lineup Forwards: Bunting – Matthews – MarnerRobertson – Kerfoot – NylanderAston-Reese – Holmberg – Aubé-KubelSteeves – Gaudette […]

Read More