It may well be that he's finally recovered from his back injuries and this lockout gave him more time to train and add muscle because he looks a lot stronger on the puck. I also think changing his linemates has benefited him so I'd like to see him with Shroeder and Hansen; a line where his speed can be used.
I've always said that Raymond is useful despite his drop-off in offensive production (from the 25-goal season) because of his defensive capabilities, puck possession, and his ability to gain the offensive blue line. If we have the puck, the other team likely won't score. And yes, he's also made blunders too, none more vivid than like the last playoff game against the Kings when it looked like he went for a hip-check as the last man back and missed, which led to a crushing goal. I think he has been one of the most plesant surprises this year and all the Raymond haters out there should acknowledge the improvement he's shown this season. We should all hope that he continues to excel because he can add so much to the team.
Edited by Qanux, 17 February 2013 - 11:48 PM.