(Photo Courtesy of Tess Cameranesi)
Left Wing, 6'2" 185 Pounds
Wayzata HS (MNHS), 30 Goals, 24 Assists in 27 Games
I'll keep this profile on the shorter side, considering First Round Bust has talked about Lucia about a billion times (especially this one, which has something like 2000 page views) in our short existence.
The skinny on him is this: talking to a few scouts, they saw him as a "safe" pick for a High School kid, meaning he's got all the tools to be an NHL player. He's already 6'2"-6'3", and has room to add another 20-30 pounds of muscle to his frame. He's got great hockey sense, wonderful hands, a smooth skating stride that just needs some oomph behind it. Maybe most importantly is that he comes from a hockey background- he is the "coach's son", so he does a lot of the little things, and since he's announced his intent to play next season in British Columbia for Penticton, he can lean on his older brother Tony for some guidance, who also spent his senior season playing in a different league (USHL), and transferring home to graduate from Wayzata High School in the Spring.
That being said, Lucia was thought highly enough by Minnesota to where they traded up to get him 60th overall, but this will be a long term developmental project here. Playing in a better league this next year is a good first step, as clearly he had little to prove against Minnesota High School competition. To his credit, Lucia handled himself quite well at Development Camp, at times looking the part of a legit prospect.
Mario Lucia, if he reaches it, projects to be a good two-way 2nd line Winger- a guy who will be able to do a little bit of everything. And this is why Nate and I like him as the 8th Best Wild Prospect.
#10 - Colton Gillies
#9 - Johan Larsson