He was drafted before he went that odd route, I thought...
Yes but Lucia wasn't heading to Notre Dame until 2013 either way. Other than Blake Wheeler and the Flames' guy this year I can't think of a player who has been drafted in the first round despite spending a season in juniors before college. That development path seems to drop guys a round or two.
EDIT: Scratch Jankowski. Just got word he's heading to Providence in September.
Blog: First Round Bust: A Cast of Thousands celebrating a rather dodgy track record of Minnesota Wild Drafting.
"Will beats skill when skill doesn't have enough will."
You never know. He put up almost 1.5 PPG in the regular season and just over PPG in playoffs. I'm complaining about him doing that, but it is a lesser league. I don't think dominating opponents is going to help development too much.
Is he getting any consideration for WJC-20? Don't they have a summer camp or something?
Yes and yes...he is on the camp roster for this August.
If it isn't size, then something has to be the reason he was picked so low compared to Bjugstad.
After Lucia's season in the BCHL, do you think he would have been picked higher in this year's draft?
There are plenty of reasons Bjugstad was more highly rated. He's an incredible skater with Power forward potential, which is something NHL GMs are in love with. He's a right shot instead of the more common left shot. He's got a great work ethic on and off the ice... he accelerated his hs graduation to play in the NCAA sooner.