Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top 10 Prospects: #9 Mario Lucia

Mario Lucia
Forward
Born: 08-25-1993
Height: 6'2" Weight: 183 lbs
Shoots: Left
2012-13 Team: Notre Dame (CCHA)
Acquired: 2nd Round (60th overall) selection in 2011 Draft
Previous Rank: 10



Wild fans may not know much about the #10 ranked prospect Gustav Olofsson, but they know plenty about Mario Lucia. 
Lucia is a native of Plymouth, MN. Growing up, he watched his father Don win two National Championships for the University of Minnesota and his brother Tony play for the U of M from 2006-10. Mario went to Wayzata H.S. and was a highly touted college recruit. But instead of going to Minnesota like his brother did, he chose to play for the University of Notre Dame following a season playing for Penticton in the BCHL.

After averaging nearly two points per game with Wayzata and Penticton, Lucia played for the Irish last season putting up 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 32 games. He is a highly skilled playmaking forward who can often create plays resulting in a goal for his team. He was a big part of the Irish power play last year, and should be an anchor for them again in 2013-14.

He is not that big (only 183 lbs) and still has work to do defensively, but look for him to be a huge contributor to Notre Dame as they move to the Big East Conference this season.

Team of 18,001's 2013-14 Top 10 Wild Prospect
1. September 18th
2. September 17th
3. Monday
4. Sunday
5. Saturday
6. Friday
7. Thursday
8. Tomorrow
9. Mario Lucia
10. Gustav Olofsson


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