The hero Detroit Red Wings need…

Here’s the Detroit Red Wings hero they’ve searched for and why.
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…has been with them since the 2021-22 season. 

In conjunction with part 1 of why Derek Lalonde’s seat might be the hottest in the National Hockey League (NHL) this upcoming season, another gripe I have about the coaching staff is the minimal use of Lucas Raymond. 

Raymond is one of the best (if not the best) weapons in the Detroit Red Wings lineup. Since he was drafted in 2020, I have felt this way. Maybe I’m misunderstanding or overestimating Raymond. He's everything the Detroit Red Wings have looked for and needs going forward.

As I see it, though, Raymond has always had the skill set of an elite talent. The most outstanding characteristic he possesses is his inner drive, which makes his skill set all the more devastating to opponents. Few players have both elements.

Raymond has no weakness in his game. Could he stand to improve various aspects of his game? Sure. Let’s touch on one of these aspects where Raymond needs to improve (and I anticipate will improve exponentially).