2008-09: Anthony Luciani played 59 games as an OHL rookie with the Erie Otters. He scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was -7 with 84 PMs. In four playoff games for Erie he had 1 assist and 5 PMs and was an even plus/minus.
2009-10: Luciani was the leading goal scorer for the Erie Otters in his second OHL season scoring 38 times with 30 assists. He had a -7 plus/minus and 67 PMs in 68 games as the Otters finished fourth in the OHL's Midwest Division. Luciani appeared in 3 of 4 playoff games for the Otters and had 2 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus.
2010-11: Luciani made his pro debut with AHL Rochester, appearing in three games, after being one of the top scorers for Erie (OHL) as a twenty-year-old. In his second pro game with the Amerks, a 6-5 loss to the Toronto Marlies, he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +3. Prior to joining Rochester, Luciani was a key contributor for the Otters – bouncing back from an early season wrist injury to have his best season offensively. He scored 29 goals with a team-high 49 assists and was +26 with 30 PMs. Luciani scored 11 of his 29 goals on the power play. In seven playoff games for Erie he had 7 goals with 3 assists and was -4 with 12 PMs. Luciani signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Florida in April 2011.
2011-12: Luciani appeared in two AHL games with Florida affiliate San Antonio and was the third-leading scorer for the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones in his first pro season. He appeared in single games in December and February with the Rampage with no points or penalty minutes. Luciani scored 26 goals with 23 assists and was minus-10 with 53 penalty minutes in 54 games for the Cyclones. Cincinnati finished third in the North Division; one point out of a playoff spot.
2012-13: Luciani appeared in five games for Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio in his second pro season — missing time due to injury and spending most of the season with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. He was with the Rampage in April, scoring a goal in his first game on April 2nd against Chicago for his only AHL point and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes. San Antonio missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the South Division. Luciani did not skate in his first game with Cincinnati until December due to injury. In 29 games with the Cyclones he scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was was even plus/minus with 43 penalty minutes before joining San Antonio.
Luciani is a compact mixture of offensive ability, quickness, and grit. He has a snappy wrist shot and above average puck skills, but at 5’8 he has a lot of work in front of him to maximize his abilities.
Luciani will try again to win a full time spot in San Antonio, but with the depth and talent that is flowing into the Panthers professional ranks, the road to the NHL keeps getting longer and more difficult for Luciani to travel. Another year in the ECHL is a real possibility, and at 23 years old, his NHL future is in greater doubt than ever before.