Lucas Raymond called it a “dream come to life” to be picked by the Detroit Red Wings with the No. 4 option of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday.
” Legendary Swedes have actually played there,” Raymond specified from his home in Gothenburg, Sweden. “So, I recommend, it was incredibly amazing, and I’m so pleased and honored to be a part of the Detroit Red Wings.”
Now the Red Wings need him to follow in the footsteps of Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall and other Sweden-born picks who helped them win the Stanley Cup.The forward from Frolunda of the Sweden Hockey League will be an important part of their reconstruct. The 18-year-old represents their highest choice due to the fact that 1990, when they chose forward Keith Primeau No. 3, and the greatest option in their history not born in Canada.
” Our company believe he has all the tools to be an elite forward in the NHL,” basic supervisor Steve Yzerman said.Yzerman and director of amateur hunting Kris Draper praised Raymond’s ability, hockey sense and competitiveness, which was on display screen in the last of the 2019 IIHF U18 World Champ in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. Raymond scored a hat technique for Sweden in a 4-3 overtime win versus Russia, consisting of the OT winner.” I believe it’s pleasurable games when it’s sort of all on the line
,” Raymond said.” The tight computer game, I think that’s where everybody steps up. You can almost feel … It’s a specific feeling in those sort of video games, and I really enjoy it.” Draper stated that indicates a lot. “You’re 17 years of ages, you’re
playing in your house country in front of your house fans, and all of an abrupt you raise your level, you raise your level of total and the method you play, and you increase to the occasion in a big game, it puts a smile on your face when you’re seeing it, “Draper mentioned.” You love seeing genuine exceptional young hockey gamers sort of increase to the occasion, which’s precisely what Lucas Raymond did that video game. Some of the goals that you saw, it was … Like I stated, it was exceptional.” Video: Red Wings draft F Lucas Raymond No. 4 Raymond scored 21 points (11 objectives, 10 assists)in 18 computer game since competition. He also scored 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 7 games for Sweden in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Champion in the Czech Republic. Though he scored 10 points( 4 goals, 6 helps) in 33 games for Frolunda last season, that wasn’t constantly an undesirable to the Red Wings. He wagered males, worked out adversity, acquired from it and still discovered methods to shine. “There were some nights that were tough for him, nevertheless I can inform you something,” Draper stated.” There were a couple games that I was over in Sweden
and he really didn’t play a lot, and then all of a sudden within 10 to 12 minutes of a period or a spurt, you saw some special things that he might do, and to me that points out the mental strength that he has.” Raymond scored 2 points( one goal, one help) in four games with Frolunda this season. Yzerman stated he presumes Raymond will invest the rest
of the season there. It’s possible Raymond might refer to Detroit for the 2021-22 season, nevertheless Yzerman does not want to set a timeline.The most important thing is for Raymond (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) to grow.” It’s simply submitting, physically establishing, getting more powerful, going from a teen to a male,” Yzerman mentioned.” You do that through training and through playing.We think he has
the tools, the skills. He’s just got to put the time and the run in, and it’s simply the natural advancement of a teen becoming a grownup. “We simply believe it refers time, and we’re confident he’ll put the run in and end up being strong, establish the strength and power required to do the things he wishes to perform in the NHL and we expect him to.”