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Fantasy Summary

A supremely skilled forward who has elite IQ. He has a knack for finding the back of the net, scoring in a variety of ways. His first couple of steps need to get quicker but he can get going when given a runway. Top-six upside and lethal powerplay threat.


Observations

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April 2022 – Lucius has signed a three-year ELC with the Winnipeg Jets. The team has options with where to assign him for next season, as he could play for the Jets, Manitoba Moose (AHL), or Portland Winterhawks (WHL) who currently own his CHL rights. Justin Kaye

 

April 2022 – Lucius spent his draft-year-plus-one season as a freshman on the star-studded University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.  The 18-year-old finished with 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 24 games before a lower-body injury ended his season prematurely. This is is the second lengthy injury of Lucius’ young career: he opted to get knee surgery in 2020 which sidelined him for 3 months.

Lucius also represented the United States at the World Jr. Championship in December with Gopher linemate Matthew Knies. With the tournament set to return for completion in August, his status remains a question mark.  However, it is quite likely that Lucius will represent his country again and play a more prominent role at the 2023 tournament where his elite processing and gifted goal scoring will be on full display. Lucius is expected to return to Minnesota for his sophomore season alongside his younger brother, Cruz – a 2022 draft-eligible. In time, the Jets will be getting a proven goalscorer at all levels, which should translate to NHL success. Justin Kaye

 

July 2021 – Lucius was selected in the first round, 18th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

 

February 2021 – Chaz Lucius has announced his return! After dealing with a lower-body injury that eliminated the first half of his year, Lucius returned on February 19th with a two-goal performance against the USHL league-leading Chicago Steel and then capped his return weekend with another goal against Green Bay. He doesn’t seem hampered on ice or in stride at all. He will be worth tracking as the year goes on because his unique blend of skill and shooting talent should be intriguing to teams in the top half of the first round. He was a bit forgotten in the first half of the year but that should change as the lethal offensive player returns to the NTDP. Tony Ferrari 

 

August 2020 – Chaz Lucius is the best goal scorer on the U.S. NTDP squad possessing a lethal snap shot and crafty hands in tight. He has a nose for the net and doesn’t need much time or space to finish. His shot is dangerous enough to score from distance but he gets to the home plate area of the offensive zone better than about anyone. Pushing into dangerous areas with his shot is a recipe for success. His playmaking is decent and in terms of raw tools, he doesn’t get credit for his passing ability. He regularly passes to and through the royal road area of the offensive zone, forcing the defenders and netminder to adjust to the changing angle. He connects on just about 80% of his passes (per InStat data) which is impressive considering how often he is passing into high-danger areas that defenses generally key in on. The ability to read the play and put himself in the right place at the right time shows how intelligent he is. The young American center shows good defensive effort for the most part and while he isn’t always in the right spot, the effort is there and there seems to be a malleable player on his own end there. When the opposition has the puck, Lucius likes to apply pressure and give the puck carrier little room to maneuver in. He sometimes overshoots the puck carrier which can be a pain as his acceleration isn’t the best in order to get back. The calling card for Lucius is and always will be his ability to find twine but the more he rounds out his game, the greater chance he challenges for first overall in a year that seems fairly wide open at the top. Tony Ferrari

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 2, 2003
Height 6‘1”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 1; Overall: 18

Stats

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Team Minnesota Brick Invitational6 5 49 0|        
 2016-2017 MN Gentry Galaxy 13U AAAT1EHL 13U10 13 417 4|        
 2017-2018 MN Blackhawks 14U AAAMNBEL 14U14 22 1335 -|        
 2018-2019 Gentry Academy 15U AAANAPHL 15U13 39 2362 2|        
 2019-2020 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL32 8 1422 6|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP46 31 1950 10|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP6 0