LW (LHS), 6' 2" 183 Born: August 25, 1993, Fairbanks, AK, USA Team: Wayzata High School in Minnesota Committed to: Fnl Rank: 34 / Mid Rank: 30 PHP: Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Postseason GP G A TP PIM 2009-2010 Team Wayzata USHS -- -- -- -- -- | 2009-2010 Wayzata High USHS 25 15 25 40 06 | Playoffs 2 0 2 2 0 2010-2011 US NTDP Jnrs USHL 06 03 00 03 00 | 2010-2011 Wayzata High USHS 24 25 22 47 14 | Playoffs 3 5 2 7 2 2010-2011 Team NW MN Elite 10 06 06 12 04 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0 http://www.mnhockeyprospects.com/mario-lucia/ When you are the son of the Minnesota Golden Gophers coach it's a good bet that you are going to be pretty good, Lucia is just that...Lucia has good balance and is a good skater. Sees the ice well and is not afraid to control the puck in traffic. Lucia has a good shot and has shown the ability to finish around the net. Demonstrated that he can make tape-to-tape passes that have good velocity... http://bruins2011draftwatch.blogspot.com/2010/12/mario-lucia-guy-you-should-know.html The Wayzata H.S. (Trojans) junior left wing who impressed with a limited stint on the U.S. NTDP Under-18 earlier this fall has a live frame (6-2, 185 pounds) and pure skills...Here's what one NHL scout who saw him in action with the U.S. National Team earlier this season had to say about Don Lucia's youngest son: "He's got real nice size, but it's his skating and hands that are most impressive to me. Unlike a lot of big kids, he's got a quick burst out of the blocks, and that long, smooth stride of his generates a lot of power. He's still a little gangly, but you can see the coordination coming into his body. He can handle the puck well at speed and has a deceptive shot that he gets off pretty quick. He also sees the ice nicely and is a good passer. If he has a big season, then I think you'll see him shoot up the boards like Nick Bjugstad did last year. He's not as big as Bjugstad, but is a little more skilled and polished, in my opinion. He's got a lot of weight to put on and has to get stronger, but this kid has a lot of upside." http://mckeenshockey.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1197608 McKeen's: On the Under-18 team, who did you tend to skate with as linemates and who did you feel you had the most chemistry with? Lucia: I started out on the third and fourth line. Actually, my first game I started playing with Tyler Biggs and Rocco Grimaldi. Those are probably the two best players on the team and I was with them. Then, after that, on the third line, I played with "Haggs" (Ryan Haggerty) and Adam Reid. Then, once they got more comfortable with me and I got out there a little more and the coaches got to know me a little bit, I played with J.T. Miller and Travis Boyd, and I thought we worked together well. I don't know we just clicked well. McKeen's: That's a good quote, and I agree with you. When I saw Tony with Omaha, he had some skill for sure, but his effort and two-way sense really shined through. I think that'll be what takes him to have a good pro career moving forward. To finish up with a softball question for you, who were some of your favorite players growing up and why and then who are some players today who you feel you're similar to or that you'd like to equate to? Lucia: Growing up, I idolized Mario Lemieux, just because he was one of the best players to ever play the game. Nowadays, I look up to Sidney Crosby and Eric Staal. Those are my two favorite players. I don't really compare myself to anyone. Obviously, I like to play like some players, and I take bits and pieces from their game and try to incorporate them into my game.