Red Wings fans have been somewhat in the dark following the news that blue-chip prospect Lucas Raymond went down with an injury last week. General manager Steve Yzerman gave an update on his status Monday afternoon — adding that Raymond will go under the knife and miss about 8 weeks:
#RedWings Steve Yzerman, speaking on a Detroit Economic Club virtual event, said 2020 top pick Lucas Raymond expected to have procedure on arm/elbow that will idle him 8 weeks, not a concern long-term. Moritz Seider (bruised shoulder) has returned, having 'great year' in Sweden.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 22, 2021
According to Raymond’s SHL club, Frolunda, the procedure is to remove bone fragments from an elbow fracture. There are a couple of silver linings: it’s not a long-term concern, and Frolunda is calling up 2020 2nd rounder Theodor Niederbach to fill the roster spot.
Here’s the hit that likely sidelined Raymond:
Lucas Raymond took a hit early in the 3rd period, did not take another shift after leaving the ice in discomfort. pic.twitter.com/J6I50LSSBn— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) February 18, 2021
This is a big bummer for not only Raymond, but fans as well. The 18-year-old was already having a career-year in the SHL after an impressive campaign at the World Juniors. It’s frustrating that he will potentially miss out on meaningful hockey, but again, it shouldn’t be a long-term concern for Raymond and the Red Wings.