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We Should Stop Looking At Raymonds Down Side

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He rarely even uses his speed well is what's funny. Good players in this league use their speed to gain odd man rushes, drive the net, but what does Raymond do? Nothing.

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He rarely even uses his speed well is what's funny. Good players in this league use their speed to gain odd man rushes, drive the net, but what does Raymond do? Nothing.

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I can't believe people are still under this false impression....

MASON RAYMOND IS NOT 'BLAZING FAST'

Have you EVER seen Mason blow by defenders or leave them tripping on themselves because they couldn't keep up (Like Kesler last year)? Have you EVER seen Mason chase down an opposing player who was breaking in on our goalie (Like Tambelini last season)? No. He's an ok skater, enough for him to not get caught from behind, and that's it. Even in the playoffs, a tired Kopitar out-skated him to a puck in open ice, a shift BOTH players were at the end of.

Raymond has no more ceiling, what you see is what you get. He isn't going to magically gain hands at age 26 nor is he going to magically gain the guts to go to the dirty areas, since obviously a contract year wasn't enough motivation. Yes, he was hurt, but he was able to play pretty hard for the first week back until he decided it was ok for him to be completely useless for the team for the rest of the season.

The only positive he has had is his PK abilities, but we have more than enough players that are as good if not better (Kes, Burr, Hansen, Higgins, Malholtra, etc.). Any time he's on the top six his line simply does not score because he doesn't not promote scoring chances. His hockey IQ is very low, since circling around, taking a wild shot on net or passing to the point is all he can ever do.

Get rid of this guy. Don't even qualify him. Let Schroeder take his spot in the lineup, or Kassian.

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Raymond's "upside" is usually his backside... since he spends most of his time sprawled face down on the ice.

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To say he rarely uses his speed well is the same as saying Kesler rarely uses his great shot to scoar goals. Last season was an anomaly for both, who have used their great assets many times previous to this season to great effect. Last season is more or less a mulligan. It has to be. Otherwise, injuries cannot be factored into a players productivity in any scenerio, which is ignorant.

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In all honesty ,raymond is the kind of player to be included in any "Larger" trades , perhaps in apackage with "lugongo" ... Strange days these are in Canuckville right now. Gillis nEeds to take his extension and make some bold moves with this trade. This organization has taken the trade route to make changes in the team cores all throughout its history, so its imparrative that gillis maximizes the potential.

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OP don't you think when evaluating a player, it's a good idea to be unbiased and look at both sides of a player? If you ignore the bad side completely, you would always be signing players that wouldn't helping your team.

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What great effect? His best season was 25 goals, and he's regressed terribly since then, even before the back injury. He had 2 goals in the ENTIRE playoff run last year, including one empty netter....as a top six forward playing on a line with Kesler who ripped apart Nashville....Raymond sucks.

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Evreybody is looking at his downside.why don't we look at his upside.fast speedy young winger who has a hard but inaccurate shot.maybe he needs the right center.someone who can feed him the puck

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Evreybody is looking at his downside.why don't we look at his upside.fast speedy young winger who has a hard but inaccurate shot.maybe he needs the right center.someone who can feed him the puck

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I can't believe people are still under this false impression....

MASON RAYMOND IS NOT 'BLAZING FAST'

Have you EVER seen Mason blow by defenders or leave them tripping on themselves because they couldn't keep up (Like Kesler last year)? Have you EVER seen Mason chase down an opposing player who was breaking in on our goalie (Like Tambelini last season)? No. He's an ok skater, enough for him to not get caught from behind, and that's it. Even in the playoffs, a tired Kopitar out-skated him to a puck in open ice, a shift BOTH players were at the end of.

Raymond has no more ceiling, what you see is what you get. He isn't going to magically gain hands at age 26 nor is he going to magically gain the guts to go to the dirty areas, since obviously a contract year wasn't enough motivation. Yes, he was hurt, but he was able to play pretty hard for the first week back until he decided it was ok for him to be completely useless for the team for the rest of the season.

The only positive he has had is his PK abilities, but we have more than enough players that are as good if not better (Kes, Burr, Hansen, Higgins, Malholtra, etc.). Any time he's on the top six his line simply does not score because he doesn't not promote scoring chances. His hockey IQ is very low, since circling around, taking a wild shot on net or passing to the point is all he can ever do.

Get rid of this guy. Don't even qualify him. Let Schroeder take his spot in the lineup, or Kassian.

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