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Breaking Down the Breakout Season of Lucas Raymond of the Red Wings

You’d be hard-pressed to find a brighter spot during the Detroit Red Wings’ ongoing NHL rebuild than the emergent star power of Swedish winger Lucas Raymond. Still just 21 years old, Raymond has taken monumental strides in his junior season to become a dynamic offensive catalyst for the resurgent Wings.

Lighting the Lamp at a Feverish Place

Through 49 games so far this season, the young scorer has already notched 13 goals and 28 assists playing top-line minutes. Thanks to two separate point streaks, he’s producing at nearly a point-per-game clip – a noted improvement from his impressive rookie and sophomore numbers. At his current pace, Raymond would finish with around 66 points, destroying his 45-point total from last season. Given increased power play opportunities and ice time, that 70-point threshold seems within reach.

Converting More Scoring Chances

One big reason for Raymond’s scoring uptick is clear – he’s demonstrating better finishing ability by converting over 14.1% of his shots on net, up significantly from the 12.7% rate he logged previously. The intuitive winger has focused on positioning himself in higher percentage shooting areas with greater frequency. As a result, he’s taking higher-quality shots and burying more chances. With 13 lamplighters already, he could realistically double last year’s tally in the 25-30 goal range if he maintains this clinical shooting.

Elite Distribution Skills Still Shining Through

While the goals have come in bunches, Raymond’s exceptional vision and passing remain the hallmarks of his game. He leads the entire Red Wings squad with 28 assists so far, deftly finding open teammates with precision setups. Five of those helpers have arrived on the man advantage, where Raymond operates the half-wall with poise. His decision-making continues maturing rapidly in year two as well – evident in smarter shot choices and crisper outlets.

Well-Rounded Game Aid Playoff Push

When appraising Raymond’s 2023-24 campaign, the box scores alone don’t fully capture his comprehensive emergence. While his numbers warrant attention, the cerebral winger provides key contributions across 200 feet of ice. He plays in every situation, leads all Detroit forwards in time on ice, and provides staunch defensive play. Beyond the scoring surge, Raymond’s development into a reliable two-way force has proven invaluable for a Detroit club pushing to snap its lengthy postseason drought since 2017.

The Future Burns Bright in the Motor City

On a Red Wings squad rich with youthful talent, Raymond shines as a headlining centerpiece seemingly destined for stardom. With lightning-quick hands and advanced on-ice vision, the sublime Swede exhibits all the toolbox traits of a future superstar in the making. While Detroit preaches patience with its budding prospects, Raymond’s ascent suggests the team’s rebuild crests close on the horizon. If his steep growth trajectory persists, the Red Wings may soon possess one of hockey’s truly elite wingers entering his prime.

Franchise Rebuild Ahead of Schedule

Raymond’s rapid rise indicates Detroit’s aggressive rebuild timeline trending far ahead of schedule. With a sensational centerpiece like Raymond, the Red Wings’ ascension appears to outpace projections. At 57 points (as of Jan. 30), they are heading into All-Star Weekend just inside the final eight in the Eastern Conference.

If complementary pieces fall into place this offseason and in the coming years through savvy GM work, Detroit could enjoy a significant market correction towards far more favorable Stanley Cup odds. Powered by an ever-improving supporting cast, Raymond’s two-way dynamism suggests the Red Wings may swiftly re-establish themselves among the NHL’s elite franchises actually warranting consideration in future championship conversations.


For a Detroit franchise gradually rising from the ashes, Lucas Raymond’s rapid development story lights a beacon towing the team back to contention. In the skilled hands of this prodigious 21-year-old talent, the future of Red Wings hockey burns exceedingly bright.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: and let's talk some hockey!
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