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Wayzata's Mario Lucia top-rated state player

By staff reports, 10/21/10, 3:49PM CDT

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NHL Central Scouting gives Trojans star an 'A' on players to watch list for 2011 Draft


Mario Lucia

Wayzata junior Mario Lucia is the top-rated Minnesota high school player according to NHL Central Scouting’s 2011 “Players to Watch” list for 2011 NHL Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Lucia, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound forward, was the lone Minnesota high schooler to receive an “A” grade on the list that ranks players from U.S. scholastic and Canadian provincial leagues.

Five Minnesota players received “B” grades, including Tony Cameranesi, a senior center from Wayzata who was Lucia’s linemate last season with the Trojans.

Also receiving B grades were defenseman Max Everson and forward Steven Fogarty, both of Edina, forward Joseph LaBate of Holy Angels, forward Kyle Rau of Eden Prairie and forward Ryan Siiro of Bloomington Jefferson.

Eleven Minnesota high school players received C grades.

Lucia, the son of University of Minnesota men’s hockey coach Don Lucia, scored 15 goals and added 27 assists in 27 games last season for the Trojans. Lucia was ranked No. 4 on the Hockey Hub's list of the state's top 30 sophomores from the 2009-10 season.  

This fall in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, Lucia had six goals and six assists in 10 games before joining the U.S. National Under-18 team. Lucia has three goals in seven games while on loan to the national team. He is expected to play for Wayzata when the high school season begins in late November.

NHL Central Scouting next will release a “Mid-Term Ranking” in January.

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MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS ON 2010 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING SERVICE FALL PROSPECTS LIST

NAME SCHOOL POS HT WT DATE OF BIRTH CSS GRADE COLLEGE COMMITMENT
Mario Lucia Wayzata LW 6'2'' 183 8/25/1993 A ----
Tony Cameranesi Wayzata C 5'9'' 162 8/12/1993 B UM-Duluth
Max Everson Edina D 6'0.5'' 184 2/22/1993 B Harvard
Steven Fogarty Edina C 6'1.5'' 194 4/19/1993 B Notre Dame
Joseph LaBate Holy Angels C 6'4'' 180 4/16/1993 B ----
Kyle Rau Eden Prairie C 5'8'' 163 10/24/1992 B Minnesota
Ryan Siiro Bloomington Jefferson RW 6'2'' 232 2/12/1993 B ----
Derek Frawley Minnetonka LW 6'0.5'' 184 2/18/1993 C ----
Connor Girard Edina G 6'0'' 195 3/20/1993 C ----
Neal Goff Stillwater D 6'4'' 179 8/15/1993 C ----
Christian Horn Benilde-St. Margaret's RW 5'10.5'' 163 6/11/1993 C ----
Cullen Hurley Holy Angels LW 6'1'' 188 1/6/1993 C ----
Ross Luedtke Orono C 6'0'' 188 10/21/1992 C ----
Dan Molenaar Eden Prairie D 5'11'' 170 7/5/1993 C ----
Thomas Schutt Minnetonka C 6'0'' 180 4/4/1993 C ----
Jack Storo Chaska W 6'3'' 188 2/24/1993 C ----
Garrett Van Tuyl Champlin Park RW 6'2'' 180 10/19/1992 C ----
Michael Zajac Eagan C 6'1.5'' 203 9/11/1993 C ----