Mason Raymond Having A Breakout Month For Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks recently saw a six-game win streak come to end, as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Dallas Stars on Friday and fell to the St. Louis Blues in a shootout on Sunday. With the team scoring three goals in each game, the Canucks offense continues to fire on all cylinders, and sixth-year winger Mason Raymond has at least a point in five of Vancouver’s last six games.
Raymond has been an offensive force for the Canucks over the past few seasons, peaking with a 25 goal, 53 point 2009-10 season. Last season saw Raymond drop off a bit, as he was limited to 55 games and managed just 10 goals and 20 points. He had been pretty quiet in January, with goals in back-to-back games but no points in the team’s other five contests. With a goal against the Blues, Raymond now has six points in February (two goals, four assists) and gives the Canucks another weapon in a stacked offense.
Raymond is now tied with Zack Kassian for the team lead in goals with five, and sits fourth on the team in points with nine. Only Andrew Ebbett and Manny Malhotra have failed to register a point for the Canucks this season, a testament to just how balanced this team is. Raymond has been playing with young center Jordan Schroeder and winger Jannik Hansen since Ryan Kesler’s return shuffled the top lines.
The Canucks will count on Raymond to be a big part of their offense this season as they try and reach the playoffs, and so far he appears to be back in top form.