Lucas Raymond

2020 NHL Draft
Photo courtesy of gp.se

Fantasy Summary

An extremely dynamic offensive winger with massive potential. Slightly undersized but competes very hard and owns incredible skating ability. An excellent playmaker with high-end vision and creativity but also has a deadly wrist shot. Very dangerous on the power play but can also be used on the penalty kill. Capable of playing both wings.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country SWE
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 28, 2002
Height 5‘10”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

July 2019 – Last year was Raymond’s first full season in J20 SuperElit. Not only did he dominate on the ice but he also broke U17 records for points and assists. Additionally, Raymond played for Frölunda’s J18 team during the JSM playoffs. There, he scored an incredible nine points (five goals and four assists) in five games – among them two goals in the last period of the final, one of them being the gold winning goal. Raymond also played 10 games in the SHL and scored two goals despite limited ice time. To end the season, Raymond played for Team Sweden at the U18 World Championship. He had a somewhat average tournament by his own standards but once again stepped up when it mattered the most and scored a hat trick in the final to give Sweden their first ever gold medal in the tournament.

It’s impossible to pinpoint one attribute that makes Raymond one of the top prospects for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft but his skating is top notch. He has explosive first steps, great acceleration and high top speed. He can outskate most opponents at both short and long distances. His edge work is fantastic, and it allows him to be agile and make quick turns to maneuver through tight traffic while maintaining possession of the puck. He is incredibly hard to catch, and even when opponents manage to get him up towards the boards, he can quickly squeeze himself away to escape. Raymond combines his quickness and speed with phenomenal hands and puck skills. He can make great dangles from standstill and while skating at high speed, and often has creative ways to catch his opponents off guard. He has elite vision and will quickly spot passing lanes from nowhere. And he has the abilities to execute too, which allows him to make creative but effective plays all around the offensive zone. Raymond should not be mistaken for a one-dimensional playmaker; he has a deadly wrist shot, and he can score from up close and from a bit further out as well. His diversity makes him very hard to defend against and opponents cannot focus too much on taking away an option for him, or he will quickly take advantage of it. Raymond’s competitiveness is another stand-out attribute. He rarely takes shifts off and always gives full effort when he is on the ice – he always gives off a vibe of wanting to win at all costs.

In the upcoming season, Raymond is looking to fight for a spot on Frölunda’s SHL roster but he could see some time back in J20 SuperElit as well.  Christoffer Hedlund


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Frölunda HC U16 3 U16 Div.2 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Frölunda HC U16 2 U16 Div.1 16 7 10 17 4 |          
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC U16 2 U16 Div.1 20 27 28 55 24 |          
  Frölunda HC U16 U16 Elit 5 0 7 7 0 |          
 2016-2017 Frölunda HC U16 U16 Elit 15 20 17 37 14 |          
  Göteborg TV-Pucken 6 4 4 8 2 |          
  Frölunda HC U16 U16 SM 8 7 8 15 4 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 5 0 0 0 0 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 18 11 10 21 2 | Playoffs 1 1 0 1
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 6 0 2 2 0 |          
 2017-2018 Göteborg TV-Pucken 6 3 6 9 0 |          
  Frölunda HC U16 U16 Elit 2 2 2 4 0 |          
  Frölunda HC U16 U16 SM 5 8 8 16 14 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 18 14 20 34 6 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 15 13 16 29 12 | Playoffs 7 6 2 8
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 8 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 3 2 0 2 0 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 8 3 1 4 0 |          
 2018-2019 Frölunda HC Champions HL 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 5 5 4 9
  Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 37 13 35 48 24 | Playoffs 6 4 5 9
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 5 2 7 2 |          
  Frölunda HC SHL 10 2 0 2 0 |          
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 6 4 3 7 14 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 7 6 4 10 14 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 7 4 4 8 12 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 18 11 10 21 14 |          
 2019-2020 Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 5 2 4 6 2 |          
  Frölunda HC Champions HL 5 2 1 3 0 |          
  Frölunda HC SHL 14 1 2 3 4 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 8 1 1 2 2 |          

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