Saturday, May 28, 2011

E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120: Lucas Lessio #59

By Eldon MacDonald

59. Lucas Lessio - “Mr. Occasionally Awesome” - LW - Canada

Vitals: Size - 6’1”, 200 lb.; Shoots left; Born 23-Jan-93 - Maple, ON
Team: Oshawa, OHL
2010-11 Stats: 66-27-27-54-66-(+8) + OHL playoffs 10-5-4-9-6-(-1)
38 - Bob MacKenzie's June Poll of Scouts (HM’s = 61 to 85)
42 - The Scouting Report's Top 100
48 - Future Considerations Final Rankings
51 - hfboards Readers’ Poll
53 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
HM - Kirk Luedeke's Top 50 (HM = 51 to 58)
55 - Cory Pronman's Top 100
56 - The Hockey News per TSN
57 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (46th North American skater)
59 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
69 - ISS per TSN
Draft result:
56 - Phoenix Coyotes

Lucas Lessio is a guy I had in the first round for half the season because his size and some of his skills are that good and he can score some awesome type goals. His fortes are using his size, acceleration and speed in driving to the net or banging the crease for those garbage goals. He also has a great shot and can be good along the boards when motivated. Oops, did I say, when motivated? It is only when you watch a couple of back to back games do you really get a good overall impression of Lucas Lessio’s game. Yes, those skills and that awesomeness are likely to be there at times but for the rest of the time you are likely to become very frustrated with his compete level and overall lack of participation in the game.

So there you have it, Lucas Lessio has first round skills and can bring a touch of awesomeness on occasion. A team that believes it can make those occasions of awesomeness a regularity will be prepared to pay a high price for this young man, early second maybe even first. However those who don’t believe they have the magic formula may pass on him altogether or start calculating in the high risk factor in the late second or third rounds


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