Detroit Red Wings: 5 prospects that fans should be most excited about

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Detroit Red Wings, Lucas Raymond
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Forward Lucas Raymond

Following up the Moritz Seider act in 2019, the Detroit Red Wings grabbed another top talent early on in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Yzerman and the formerly putrid Red Wings ended up with the fourth overall pick after the NHL Draft Lottery.

With that pick, they chose to grab Swedish forward Lucas Raymond. He’s a 5-foot-10, 183-pound right-winger who has a bright future ahead of him. Amid a global pandemic and seasons being uncertain and traveling being tough, Raymond has also been over in the SHL.

Raymond played 34 games in 2020-21 for Frölunda, where he scored six goals and added 12 assists before an injury forced him off the ice. Raymond is a quick skater who controls the puck well in stride. The hope is that Raymond can bring some offense to the Red Wings as he progresses.

One of the more exciting comparisons with Raymond’s skillset has been that of Mitch Marner. If Raymond can be a strong top-line forward who is able to set up teammates as well as find the back of the net, there’s going to be a lot of happy Red Wings fans in the coming seasons.

Raymond signed his entry-level contract, meaning he will likely be headed to the Grand Rapids Griffins and eventually the Red Wings in the 2021-22 season. It’s an exciting time to be a Red Wings fan, and Raymond is just another prospect to keep an eye on.