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The Daily: Red Wings Raymond, Prospect Andreasson, Following Similar Pattern; Flames Scouring Trade Market for Scoring

Lucas Raymond and Pontus Andreasson share a bond that goes back years



Pontus Andreasson, Red Wings prospect
Pontus Andreasson is enjoying a 3-game point streak with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. Photo by Nicolas Carrillo/Griffins

Detroit Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond and Red Wings prospect Pontus Andreasson grew up in the same area of Sweden.

“I played with him when I was younger,” Raymond said of Andreasson.

Oddly enough, their career trajectories this season are following a similar pattern.

In his second NHL season, Raymond went the first seven games of the season without a goal. Since then, he’s accounted for six goals over the past eight games.

Playing his initial season of North American hockey, Andreasson, the top goal scorer in the Swedish League playoffs last season with Lulea, accounted for one assist through his first seven AHL games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Since then, he’s accounted for seven points in five games, with both a two- and a three-point game during that span and his first multi-goal game in the AHL.

Andreasson is currently riding a three-game point streak during which he’s collected 2-3-5 totals.

Raymond, for one, isn’t the least bit surprised by how quickly Andreasson has acclimated to the North American game.

“He’s an extremely skilled player, he has great vision and great hands, great composure with the puck,” Raymond said. “He played really good last year in the SHL and especially in the playoffs.”

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