I'm noticing that Raymond seems a lot stronger on his legs, his stability has improved from what I saw last year. I like the sudden stops and starts and him being more explosive; not falling down all the time.
Also, he's keeping his head up and while he's a bit slow to make the right decision with the puck, I think he'll get back to being the player he was 2 years ago.
Of note, during his break-out season, Raymond had one of the best corsi ratings in the NHL. Last year, one of the worst.
Anyway, all this to say is that Raymond can be an very effective player, and I don't understand all the hate by some of the "fans" on this site.
It bothers me the negativity by some on these boards. I remember the constant trashing Rypien got all the time on these boards. Oh, he is useless, etc. etc. Doesn't belong in the line-up, etc. etc. These players dedicate their lives to entertain us, and sacrifice alot. We all know they get paid well, but when you are under a microscope and give up a "regular" life for hockey, there has to be quite a toll mentally.
Raymond's falling imo was a direct result of him attempting to do what he normally does - ie turn on a dime, but not having the strength or feel to do so - it's nice to see him return to form. I can just imagine how hard he worked to get to where he is today.
His relative corsi was great in his breakout year, but it wasn't actually that bad last year - his relative corsi was only -0.1.