by Chris Mantel
The Generals’ goal scorers have been the reason for the team’s success so far this season, as they currently sit atop the standings in the East Division (12 points), and lead the league in goals scored (34). With five goals of his own, not to mention a five game point streak, Lucas Lessio is one of the players leading the way. Having four of his five goals being scored on the man advantage, Lessio has established himself as a player to watch this season.
This past off-season was a busy one for Lessio, as the Phoenix Coyotes’ 2011, 2nd round (56th overall) draft pick was signed by the NHL club in September. As well, he was selected along with teammate Boone Jenner to represent Canada at the Canada-Russia Challenge. The challenge was a replacement for Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp. Canada ended up winning the Challenge with Lessio contributing a goal in Game 4.
His strong play has continued into the regular season as he has been selected as one of the stars of the game three times. His four power play goals currently rank him third in that category, and to cap it all off, Lucas was selected as Dickie’s Hardest Working Player against the Peterborough Petes on September 28th in the Generals’ home opener. All this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone as Lessio was second on the team in scoring last year with 62 points (34 goals, 28 assists) behind Christian Thomas (67 points) who also scored 34 goals.
Fun fact: So far this season, every game that Lessio has registered a point, the Generals have won.
Lessio and the Gens continue their campaign against the Barrie Colts this Friday at the General Motors Centre. Puck drop is at 7:35pm.