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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.


Observations

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September 2020 – Raymond is bigger, stronger and more confident in the SHL early on this season. It sure doesn’t hurt that he is (finally) being utilized in an offensive role with Frolunda. The 18-year-old went from being listed as 165lbs to 183lbs this season. His shot and compete-level indicate that strength is being used in a positive manner. He produced a rocket of a goal in the opener earlier this week. Expect to see more of that this season, as well as seeing public lists bump him up a bit. He’s damn good. Cam Robinson

February 2020 – Raymond has mostly played at the SHL level this season but he hasn’t managed to get much of a role on a stacked Frölunda team. Raymond has four goals and nine points in 29 games which is definitely not bad but not great either. But he has done that while averaging just 10:13 of ice time. He has averaged just 55 seconds of power play time per game but has still managed to score three points on the power play. Raymond may drop a little on draft day because of his difficult season but he’s definitely a top five talent, so he shouldn’t drop too much if at all.  Jokke Nevalainen

>> Shift Work: Lucas Raymond

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 9.9
Country SWE
Position RW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 28, 2002
Height 5‘10”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Frölunda HC U16 3U16 Div.21 0 00 0|        
  Frölunda HC U16 2U16 Div.116 7 1017 4|        
 2015-2016 Frölunda HC U16 2U16 Div.120 27 2855 24|        
  Frölunda HC U16U16 Region5 0 77 0|        
 2016-2017 Frölunda HC U16U16 Region15 20 1737 14|        
  GöteborgTV-Pucken6 4 48 2|        
  Frölunda HC U16U16 SM8 7 815 4|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Region5 0 00 0|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Allsvenskan18 11 1021 2|Playoffs1 1 01
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr6 0 22 0|        
 2017-2018 GöteborgTV-Pucken6 3 69 0|        
  Frölunda HC U16U16 Region2 2 24 0|        
  Frölunda HC U16U16 SM5 8 816 14|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Region18 14 2034 6|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Allsvenskan15 13 1629 12|Playoffs7 6 28
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell8 0 00 2|        
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr3 2 02 0|        
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr8 3 14 0|        
 2018-2019 Frölunda HCChampions HL4 0 00 0|        
  Frölunda HC J18J18 Allsvenskan0 0 00 0|Playoffs5 5 49
  Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell37 13 3548 24|Playoffs6 4 59
  Sweden U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 5 27 2|        
  Frölunda HCSHL10 2 02 0|        
  Sweden U17WHC-176 4 37 14|        
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr7 6 410 14|        
  Sweden U18WJC-187 4 48 12|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr18 11 1021 14|        
 2019-2020 Frölunda HC J20J20 Nationell9 3 1114 6|        
  Frölunda HCChampions HL6 2 13 0|        
  Frölunda HCSHL33 4 610 4|        
  Sweden U20WJC-207 2 24 2|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr15 3 36 4|        
 2020-2021 Frölunda HCSHL3 1 12 0|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr- - -- -|        

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