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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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Gordon Cheswick

Pontus Andreasson is an interesting signing by SY. What I cannot understand was a 1 year contract (?). Since Stevie brought in so many UFA’s – the signing sort of cancelled itself. I don’t know if DRW will ever see what he can do in the NHL – at least with them! We can only hope that he gets his 9-game stint to see if he can produce in the senior league. His production in SHL and AHL has been exemplary! …and he is a BIG plus/minus guy too!
A tight 5’10”-182lb body sounds pretty compact to me. But he us age 24. Would he stay with DRW if he doesn’t get his chance?

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