For the majority of the 2022/2023 NEFHL season, German winger Tim Stutzle has sat atop of the NEFHL's rookie scoring race.  Many before the start of the season suggested that he was a shoe in for Calder Trophy.  A trophy that is awarded to the league's top rookie performer. 

"I don't think anyone is going to be able to touch Stu.  His blend of skill and lightning speed will be too much to contain.  The Knights management plan to thrust him into a prominent role.  He's a no brainer pick," suggested hockey analyst John Mikeston back in September. 

Not so fast. 

Enter 5'11, 182 lb, Gothenburg, Sweden native Lucas Raymond into the fold.  

The slippery right winger has been one of the most impactful Penguin's this season, netting 19 goals and 39 points in 45 games played. 

"He really is a dynamic player.  It's been fun watching him develop this season.  He's good at both ends of the ice.  His vision is unbelievable.  It's nice to play with a player of his ability every night," praised captain Sidney Crosby. 

While he is typically a reserved guy, Lucas was rather vocal when asked about his play at the midway point of the season. 

"Honestly, I could care less about the Calder.  My focus is on our team and making the playoffs.  This franchise has been through many ups and downs over the past five years.  The fans have been through a lot, so I want to make sure that [losing] wasn't all for not," stated the 20 year old. 

There are many games left to be played this season so one shouldn't get ahead of themself.  The rookie scoring lead and a playoff spot for the Penguins is still very much in the air.  If the Pens hope to remain ahead of the pack in the Eastern standings, Raymond is going to have to continue to clip at his current pace. 


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