Checking in on the Prospects: NCAA Edition

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Lucas Mercuri
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Lucas Mercuri C Umass

The Hurricanes picked up Mercuri with their 6th-round pick in the 2021 draft.  Mercuri has a large frame, standing 6’3, but still has some room to grow as he matures.  His stat line doesn’t jump off the page, failing to average more than a point per game once he moved into the Junior and College levels.  Mercurii will need to develop a strong defensive zone game, faceoff ability, and add a bit of grit to his play to stick in the NHL.  

Future Outlook: Ceiling -> 4th line center.  Floor -> AHL middle six