The Detroit Red Wings have announced that Swedish prospect, Lucas Raymond, has suffered an arm injury that will sideline him for around eight weeks. The Red Wings selected Lucas Raymond with the fourth overall draft choice in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft that took place last fall.
Raymond is arguably one of the organization’s best prospects, if not the best prospect. With him and 2019 sixth overall pick Moritz Seider leading the future of the Detroit Red Wings youth movement that is yet to arrive, the hopes are bright. However, Raymond will find himself sidelined while he recovers.
According to a tweet from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Red Wings General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman, he says that the procedure is routine and nothing to worry about. It does still mean that Raymond is off the ice for around two months.
Something else to note with Yzerman is that he is hopeful that the 2021 NHL Entry Draft gets pushed back. The likelihood is that Red Wings will be looking at another top talent which means that Raymond could have a new top prospect to battle with.
Detroit Red Wings prospect Lucas Raymond will miss eight weeks with an arm injury.
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In 2020-21, Raymond has played with Frölunda HC over in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Through 34 games, Raymond has scored six goals and added 12 assists for 18 total points.
He was also a member of the Swedish National Team for this year’s IIHF World Junior Championships. In five games with the Swedish National Team, Raymond logged two goals and three assists for five points.
Raymond is going to be an exciting player to watch when he makes his Red Wings debut, but for now, it is exciting to watch him over in Sweden.
However, with eight weeks on the sidelines ahead of him, Raymond will get a chance to reset.
Some would have expected Raymond to step up and be posting points left and right, or at least be scoring at an alarming rate.
One thing to think about with this is that the SHL can be a tough league and the Swedish players sometimes struggle to hang. I personally do not think there is reason to worry; the points are still there even if they are not at the level fans may be hopeful for.
He could come over to North America and be a star, there are differences between the game here versus there, and sometimes that is the make or break part of being an exceptional player versus average. For a fourth overall pick, the hope is that he will be dominant and be scoring a ton.
Give it time. This procedure on his arm that sidelines him for eight weeks will be a chance for him to reset and get back on the ice, looking to go on a tear. For now, let us hope for a smooth recovery for Lucas Raymond!