NHL draft first-round recap: Wings select Sweden's Lucas Raymond, UM's Brendan Brisson 29th to Vegas

Mark Falkner
The Detroit News
Swedish forward Lucas Raymond was selected by the Detroit Red Wings with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft.

The Detroit Red Wings picked Swedish winger Lucas Raymond with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft on Tuesday after the New York Rangers took Alexis Lafreniere No. 1, the Los Angeles Kings selected Quinton Byfield No. 2 and the Ottawa Senators picked Tim Stutzle No. 3.

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Lucas Raymond highlights

►Height: 5'11"

►Weight: 175 pounds

►Position: Left wing

►Shoots: Right

►Team: Frolunda, Sweden

►Final ranking: No. 4 international skater

►Played the majority of 2019-20 with Frolunda in Sweden’s top pro league, totaling 4-6—10 in 33 outings

►Helped Team Sweden win bronze at the 2020 World Junior Championship with 2-2—4 in seven games

►Scored a hat trick against Russia, including the overtime winner, in the final of the 2019 Under-18 World Championship to help Sweden win gold

►In 2018-19, he recorded 13-35—48 in 37 games for Frolunda’s junior team to tie for fifth in the league in points; he also scored his first professional goal for Frolunda that season at age 16

►Central Scouting Report: Mobile, explosive, quick winger with speed and excellent puck control. Smart, effective in traffic, creates scoring chances with quick moves and hard work.

►Current Player Comparable: Mitch Marner

First round selections 

►1. New York Rangers: Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski

►2. Los Angeles Kings: Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury

►3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose): Tim Stutzle, LW, Manneheim

►4. Detroit Red Wings: Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda

►5. Ottawa Senators: Jake Sanderson, D, USA Hockey NTDP

►6. Anaheim Ducks: Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie

►7. New Jersey Devils: Alexander Holtz, RW, Sweden

►8. Buffalo Sabres: Jack Quinn, RW, Ottawa

►9. Minnesota Wild: Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa

►10. Winnipeg Jets: Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw

►11. Nashville Predators: Yaroslav Askarov, G, Russia

►12. Florida Panthers: Anton Lundell, C, Finland

►13. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto): Seth Jarvis, C, Portland

►14. Edmonton Oilers: Dylan Holloway, F, Wisconsin

►15. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Pittsburgh): Rodion Amirov, LW, Russia

►16. Montreal Canadiens: Kaiden Guhle, D, Prince Albert

►17. Chicago Blackhawks: Lukas Reichel, LW, Germany

►18. New Jersey Devils (from Arizona): Dawson Mercer, C/RW, Chicoutimi

►19. New York Rangers (from Calgary in trade for picks 22 and 72): Braden Schneider, D, Brandon

►20. New Jersey Devils (from Vancouver via Tampa Bay): Shakir Mukhamadullin, D, Russia

►21. Columbus Blue Jackets: Yegor Chinakhov, RW, Russia

►22. Washington Capitals (from New York Rangers): Hendrix Lapierre, C, Chicoutimi

►23. Philadelphia Flyers: Tyson Foerster, RW, Barrie

►24. Calgary Flames: Connor Zary, C, Kamloops

►25. Colorado Avalanche: Justin Barron, D, Halifax

►26. St. Louis Blues: Jake Neighbours, LW, Edmonton

►27. Anaheim Ducks (from Boston): Jacob Perreault, RW, Sarnia

►28. Ottawa Senators (from N.Y. Islanders): Ridly Greig, C, Brandon

►29. Vegas Golden Knights: Brendan Brisson, C, University of Michigan

►30. Dallas Stars: Mavrik Bourque, C, Shawinigan

►31. San Jose (from Tampa Bay): Ozzie Wiesblatt, RW, Prince Albert

The Detroit Red Wings prepare for the 2020 NHL draft at Little Caesars Arena.

Yzerman exposed to COVID, tests negative

Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman will participate remotely tonight and tomorrow after being exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Yzerman was expecting to be at Little Caesars Arena, with director of amateur scouting Kris Draper, chief amateur scout Jesse Wallin, and assistant general managers Ryan Martin and Pat Verbeek. Here's Ted Kulfan's story.

The Wings have already been busy today. As Ted reports below, the Wings waived winger Justin Abdelkader in order to buy him out and they loaned center Joe Veleno to Malmo in the Swedish Hockey League.

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NHL Draft 

►When: 7 tonight (Round 1); 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (Rounds 2-7)

►TV: Tonight — NBC Sports Network; Wednesday — NHL Network 

►Red Wings picks: No. 4 (Round 1), No. 32 (Round 2), No. 45 (Round 2), No. 55 (Round 2), No. 63 (Round 3), No. 65 (Round 3), No. 107 (Round 4), No. 125 (Round 5), No. 156 (Round 6), No. 187 (Round 7)

►Potential Wings: With first-round pick, D Jamie Drysdale, F Cole Perfetti, F Marco Rossi, F Lucas Raymond, G Yaroslav Askarov

Potential Red Wings draft picks


(Defenseman, Erie Otters)

Story: No. 1-ranked defenseman Jamie Drysdale could skate into Red Wings' future

OctoPulse podcast: Ranking Red Wings defensemen, Jamie Drysdale interview

Canada's Jamie Drysdale, right, celebrates in front of Finland's Lenni Killinen during the U20 world semifinal game in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


(Center, Saginaw Spirit)

►Story: Red Wings keep close tabs on potential first-rounder Cole Perfetti

►OctoPulse podcast: Dallas in Cup final, NHL awards, Cole Perfetti

Cole Perfetti tallied 37 goals and 74 assists during the 2019-20 season with the Saginaw Spirit.


(Winger, Frolunda, Sweden)

►Story: Lucas Raymond flies under radar, similar to Steve Yzerman's draft season

►OctoPulse podcast: Red Wings' draft lottery preview, Lucas Raymond interview

Sweden's Lucas Raymond, left, takes a shot on Finland's Justus Annunen during the bronze medal game of the world junior championships between Finland and Sweden in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


(Center, Ottawa 67's)

►Story: Possible Wings draft pick Marco Rossi patterned game after Pavel Datsyuk

►OctoPulse podcast: Kris Draper's first draft, Marco Rossi interview

Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67's led the OHL in scoring with 120 points last year.


(Defenseman, USA Hockey NTDP)

►Story: Top U.S. prospect Jake Sanderson waits in Whitefish for NHL future to unfold

►OctoPulse podcast: Wings on historic decline, Jake Sanderson top U.S. prospect

Top NHL prospect Jake Sanderson, right, battles Carson Bantle during the 2020 Biosteel All-American Game at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth on Jan. 20, 2020.

Ted Kulfan's pre-draft coverage

►'We're prepared to go': Red Wings ready for unique, important NHL Entry Draft

►NHL mock draft 2.0: Red Wings' pick could set tone for rest of first round

►Red Wings' plan centered on building 'a nucleus' through draft

►Ted Kulfan grades the last 10 Red Wings drafts

►Top 50 Red Wings in organization by value for 2020