Jets go for talented centre Chaz Lucius with 18th overall pick in NHL draft

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With the 18th pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets select Chaz Lucius during the first round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft at the NHL Network studios on July 23, 2021 in Secaucus, N.J. Photo by Bruce Bennett /Getty Images North America Article content

Moments after the Winnipeg Jets selected centre Chaz Lucius in the first round of the NHL Draft Friday night, analysts started comparing him to winger Kyle Connor.

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Asked about that a few minutes later, the 18-year-old didn’t disagree.

“Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor are two guys I really look up to and try to model my game after for sure,” said Lucius, who has looked like a pure goal-scorer in his minor hockey career.

If he turns out anything like Connor, who has 131 goals in 305 career games with the Jets, or Scheifele, who has 201 goals in 575 games, he could turn out to be a real steal.

“I really look up to Mark Scheifele,” Lucius said. “It’s pretty cool now that I’ve been drafted by the Jets and having him as an idol of mine. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity there and I’ll keep watching his game.”

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