Niclas Lucenius
Image: Tappara

Niclas Lucenius

Hometown:

Tappara Finland

Team:

Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1989-05-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (115th overall), 2007

Weight:

189 lbs.

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History

2005-06: Niclas Lucenius played his early years for TPS in his hometown Turku. He experienced a year of North American hockey in his early teens and eventually moved to Tappara in Finnish juniors.

2006-07: A leader among Finnish 1989-born players, Lucenius became a top player in the age group early but failed to make more of a breakout prior to the NHL draft in 2007. Facing ups and downs in his draft year, Lucenius’ final test in the U18 World Championships was a disappointment.

2007-08: After scoring 14 goals for Tappara at the A junior level in 2006-2007, he seemed to develop his play making skills even more in his second year – assisting on 13 goals in just fifteen games. This was his first year of pro hockey in Finland – as he spent 28 games with the SM-Liiga team as well as playing six games in Mestis with LeKi.

 

Talent Analysis

An aggressive center also able to play wing, Lucenius is well-rounded enough to make the most out of the pivot position. With an eagerness to hit and challenge defensemen with the puck, Lucenius can be flashy but also solid, thanks to his ample strength and decision-making skills. Crashing the net is what he does best. However, he lacks some vision, which limits his potential to a lesser NHL scoring line player, as he fails to use his linemates to full extent.

 

Future

Lucenius seems to be a likely candidate to stay in Europe for the forseeable future.

 

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