USHL Report: Chaz Lucius

Hadi Kalakeche


The U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) has been in charge of developing the nation’s top talents since 1996, and it seems like their crops get better every year. From current NHL stars Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, Patrick Kane, Matthew Tkachuk, and many more. To up-and-coming youngsters like Trevor Zegras, Cole Caufield and Matt Boldy, the Program has been churning out NHL talent like few other development teams can. This year is no exception, as ten of our 100 ranked players in the DP Scouting Team’s 2021 NHL Draft Rankings (March 2021) come from that one program. Our focus this month is on the top-ranked forward of their class, Chaz Lucius.

The six-foot, 170-pound Minnesotan center has been very difficult to analyze properly, as he has missed all but 12 games this season due to a lower-body injury. Since his return, however, he has collected 13 goals and five assists – over a goal-per-game pace – and has been a headache for opponents on a consistent basis. Before we continue with our analysis, please watch this dissection of Chaz Lucius’ game, using footage from five of his matches this season.

Written Analysis


Here, we evaluate Lucius’ skating, IQ, and mentality, which cannot be quantified appropriately and require in-depth eye-test analysis:

Skating: C