Mario Lucia
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Mario Lucia

Hometown:

Plymouth Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-08-25

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (60th overall), 2011

Weight:

183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Mario Lucia scored 14 goals with 29 assists in 22 games for Minnesota's Wayzata High School.

2009-10: Lucia, son of University of Minnesota Head Coach Don Lucia, played for Wayzata (MN) High School. In 27 games, he scored 15 goals and added 27 assists for 42 points. In 2 playoff games, Lucia picked up 2 assists.

2010-11: In 27 games for Wayzata High School, Lucia scored 30 goals and added 24 assists for 54 points. In 3 playoff games, he scored 5 goals and added 2 assists for 7 points. Lucia also played in the Upper Midwest Hockey League for Team Northwest, scoring 6 goals and adding 6 assists for 12 points in 10 games. He registered no points in 1 playoff game.

2011-12: Lucia was the second-leading scorer for BCHL and RBC Cup (Canadian junior hockey) champion Penticton and represented the USA in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge. He scored a league-leading 42 goals with 51 assists in 56 games for the Vees. Penticton won 54 of 60 games during the regular season and defeated Powell River in the playoff finals. Lucia scored 6 goals with 10 assists in 15 playoff games. He had 3 assists and 8 penalty minutes in six games at the RBC Cup. The Vees won four straight games at the RBC Cup after losing two games in round-robin play to capture the title. Playing for the bronze medal USA squad at the WJAC, Lucia was the tournament's leading goal scorer  with four goals and had 1 assist in four games. In October 2011 he committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2012-13.

2012-13: Lucia skated in 32 games for Notre Dame as a freshman and was a member of the gold medal-winning USA team at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Skating primarily on the Fighting Irish' second line with fellow NHL prospects T.J. Tynan (Columbus) and Austin Wuthrich (Washington), he scored 12 goals with 11 assists and was -4 with 18 penalty minutes. Notre Dame won the CCHA playoff title after finishing second to Miami in the regular season. The Fighting Irish lost to St. Cloud State, 5-1, in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals. Lucia had 1 assist and was +1 in seven games for the USA squad in Ufa, Russia.

 

Talent Analysis

A speedy winger with some good size already, Lucia has been ahead of the competition at every level of his young career.

 

Future

The Notre Dame sophomore should have plenty of ice time to put up points this season.

 

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