Detroit Red Wings: Lucas Raymond may fall short of Trevor Zegras

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The Detroit Red Wings have gotten a lot of great things from their rookies on the roster. It was a great feat for forward Lucas Raymond to make the roster out of training camp, and he has not looked back since.

Early rumors pointed to the Detroit Red Wings really taking their time with Raymond and sending him to the minors. However, Raymond has proved that he was ready and has surpassed expectations coming into the season.

Raymond was even labeled a pre-season Calder Trophy candidate, as someone to watch. Now, heading into February, Raymond has continued to keep himself in this conversation. He burst onto the scene pretty quickly, from his first goal and first hat trick, he got it going early.

But, there’s some competition out there. Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras is going to give Raymond a run for his money. Zegras is going to be hard to beat the way he is performing over in California with the up-and-coming Ducks.

Detroit Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond has his work cut out for him.

While Raymond has gotten off on the right foot and become an impact scorer for the Red Wings. Zegras is catching a little bit more attention, partially because of one goal that he assisted on. Publicity from. that had him garnering even more attention than the Red Wings rookie has.

Do not get it twisted, it was an incredible play, but Red Wings fans are pulling for Raymond. Here’s the play that has been mentioned.

Zegras has put on a show this year, he’s got 39 games logged in 2021-22 for the Ducks with 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 overall points. This may not lead the rookies across the league, but getting the most attention is going to make it harder for Raymond.

On the other hand, the Red Wings favorite, Raymond, has 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points over 43 games. He’s got more points per game than Zegras, but in terms of coverage, Zegras has him beat.

While I hope that Raymond continues to do well keep himself in the Calder conversation, it seems like he may be destined for a number two finish with the voting comes around. It should not be too shocking for fans, who are used to Red Wings finishing second in the Calder Trophy rankings over the years.

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Players like Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Henrik Zetterberg all finished second in the Calder Trophy race.