ESPN’s Peters: Lucas Raymond may be the Red Wings’ new ‘#1 prospect’

ESPN’s resident prospect expert, Chris Peters, penned a subscriber-only article for ESPN+ this morning, discussing pertinent aspects of the 2020 NHL Draft as they apply to “New #1 prospects,” “Value Picks” for each of the draft’s seven rounds, as well as best “Team Fits” for some of the top players picked.

Peters believes that the Red Wings fit into the picture in terms of having drafted a player who may be their new #1 prospect:

Detroit Red Wings: Lucas Raymond, LW

Drafted: No. 4

The Wings have a potential foundational defenseman in their system with Moritz Seider, who really popped last season. But in much the same way [Tim] Stuetzle brings the skill level way up in Ottawa, Raymond does so for Detroit. He may actually be the most dynamic player in the Red Wings’ entire organization, including players on the NHL roster. While he won’t match the tenacity or speed of a Dylan Larkin, Raymond is probably going to make Larkin better with his ability to make plays and play with pace. If Larkin is the centerpiece of the organization, Raymond is going to be right on his heels within the next few years.

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