Mario Lucia
Image: Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI

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.

 

Next wave of Minnesota Wild prospects debuting in AHL top story of 2012-13

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Mario Lucia - Minnesota Wild

Photo: A leg injury will delay Mario Lucia's debut at Notre Dame, but the big winger has the potential to make an instant impact when he rejoins the team mid-season. (courtesy of Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

The Wild by design has its top prospects all scheduled to play professional hockey this season. Though obviously dependent on the quick resolution of  labor strife at the NHL level, Mikael Granlund should be playing with the Wild while an excellent group of young players in Matt Hackett, Jonas Brodin, Charlie Coyle, Zack Phillips, Johan Larsson, Jason Zucker, and Brett Bulmer are presumably going to be playing with the AHL's Houston Aeros. The AHL as a whole will be be fun to watch this year. For Wild fans it is a glimpse of a promising future.

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Mikael Granlund - Team Finland U20

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Photo: Matt Hackett has gradually over the past year to become one of the top goaltending prospects in all of hockey. (Photo courtesy of

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Photo: Since returning from his first NHL training camp, Zack Phillips has been brilliant for the Saint John Sea Dogs, managing 16 goals and 32 assists in only 27 games. (Photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

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QMJHL

Zack Phillips, C, Saint John Sea Dogs
Acquired: 1st round (28th overall) in 2011
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Minnesota Wild 2011 draft review

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The Wild added considerable depth again this year, trading for a second pick in the first round as well as former first-rounder Charlie Coyle. The team also turned to United States high schools for three of its picks. The Wild displayed a good degree of confidence again at this draft, trading up for a hometown fan.

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1st round, 10th overall
Height: 6'1, Weight: 170 lbs

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