Friday, September 5, 2014

Top 10 Prospects: #8 Mario Lucia

Mario Lucia
Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'3". Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: August 25, 1993
2013-14 Team: Notre Dame (Hockey East)
Acquired: 2nd round pick (60th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Previous Rank: 9

It doesn't seem that long ago when the Wild were drafting Mario Lucia out of Wayzata High School. But after a season playing in British Columbia and two seasons with Notre Dame, one has to wonder if this will be Lucia's final season before making the jump to the AHL..

In his two seasons with Notre Dame, Lucia has been a rock in their top six, averaging .72 and .77 points per game respectively. He is a highly skilled offensive forward who has finished in the top five in scoring for the Irish in his first two seasons. He is a big part of the team's power play and will be expected to be the team's top scorer going into 2014-15.

In the past year Lucia has bulked up a bit (went from 183 lbs to 195 lbs) and has continued to work on the defensive part of his game while honing up his great offensive skills. Look for Lucia to help lead the Irish back to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year.

If all goes well for Lucia in 2014-15, it is very possible he could get his entry level contract which would put him in Iowa for the 2015-16 season.

Team of 18,001's 2014-15 Top 10 Prospect List
1. Friday
2. Thursday
3. Wednesday
4. Tuesday
5. Monday
6. Sunday
7. Tomorrow
8. Mario Lucia
10. Raphael Bussieres

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