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Chaz
Lucius
Player Profile
Position
Center
Team
USNTDP Juniors
League
ushl
Height
6'0"
Weight
172 lbs
Place of Birth
Grant, MN  

Lucius, selected in the first round (No. 18) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2021 NHL Draft, is a threatening offensive player. He’s a terrific shooter who has great body control and is always shot-ready and available to receive passes. He seemed almost sneaky how he was able to lose defenders and find open ice in dangerous shooting areas. Lucius was really effective setting up on his off-wing where he was able to quickly release an accurate wrist shot or hammer a heavy slap shot one-timer. He was hampered by a serious knee injury during his time with the National Team Development Program but I saw no residual effects of this in his play. I thought he pushed the pace and attacked defenders every chance he had. In fact, his skating seemed improved since last season; his stride looked good and his acceleration seemed more explosive. Lucius’ top-end speed isn’t the fastest but he’s definitely not slow and when combined with his pretty decent edgework and agility he was able to drive wide on defensemen and take pucks hard to the net. His hands were quick with the puck, he could go forehand to backhand with ease and in tight spaces he was elusive at times while still being strong enough to bang his way through if needed. I’ve often thought that Lucius was a better passer than he’s given credit for and in this game, he showed some deception with a nice give and go on one attack and a clever slap pass to a teammate on another. Defensively, Lucius is still rounding out his game. He didn’t stand out as mistake prone or as a liability but he was less involved in his own end of the ice. His potential path is a fairly interesting one and Winnipeg may take a cautious approach and decide to give Lucius more development time at the NCAA level. On the other hand, Lucius can score and has a frightening offensive presence so it’s possible that Winnipeg will see value in getting him into the lineup sooner rather than later.

Shaun Richardson
Scout Profile

Game Results

November 19, 2021
Penn State
5
Minnesota
3

Player Report

Skating 6
Shooting 7
Puckhandling 6
Playmaking 6
Offensive Awareness 7
Defensive Awareness 4
Compete 6

Chaz Lucius's Reports

Dec 22/21 Chaz Lucius 23012 – Penn State vs. Minnesota NCAA by Shaun Richardson View Summary
Dec 21/21 Chaz Lucius 22952 – Team USA vs. Sweden WJSS by FCHockey Staff View Summary
Apr 10/21 Chaz Lucius 21927 – All-American Prospects Game AAPG by Austin Broad View Summary
Mar 23/21 Chaz Lucius 21833 – Chicago vs. USA U18 USHL by Joseph Aleong View Summary
Mar 18/21 Chaz Lucius 21810 – Chicago vs. USA U18 USHL by Josh Bell View Summary
Mar 14/21 Chaz Lucius 21794 – Chicago vs. USA U18 USHL by Dylan Krill View Summary
Feb 24/21 Chaz Lucius 21747 – Chicago vs. USA U18 USHL by Dylan Galloway View Summary