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2021 NHL Draft Profile: Chaz Lucius

His season didn't start until February due to knee surgery, and for a player who wasn’t the best skater beforehand, that was somewhat troubling. But once he returned, he came out even better, and an NHL team is about to capitalize on that.
Chaz Lucius

His season didn't start until February due to knee surgery, and for a player who wasn’t the best skater beforehand, that was somewhat troubling. So it was a little shocking to evaluators when Lucius returned to the U.S. NTDP lineup and immediately began piling up goals, not missing a beat.

Even more intriguing was the fact he seemed to be faster than before the injury – though that’s still a point of contention. “He’s not a razzle-dazzle entry guy, and his skating is just OK,” said one scout. “On the other side, he scores. Literally, he scores almost every time you watch him. He has a really good ability to get to the quiet ice in the offensive zone, and he’s got a really special stick in terms of catching and shooting and getting pucks off in a hurry.”

A University of Minnesota commit, Lucius was the most dynamic forward on the U.S. NTDP this year and averaged a goal per game. “He scores goals, that’s what he does,” said another scout. “He’s always had a nose for the net and pucks find him. He’s got a good release and if you look at his shot selection, everything’s from home plate. He’s where he needs to be and he’s got good hockey sense.”

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