ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 25: (L-R) 20th overall pick Connor Murphy, 51st overall pick Alexander Ruuttu and 56th overall pick Lucas Lessio by the Phoenix Coyotes pose for a group photo on the draft floor during day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 25, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Today it was announced the Phoenix Coyotes have signed Lucas Lessio to an entry level contract, as per club policy the terms of the contract were not disclosed. The 19 year old Lessio was drafted by the Yotes last year in the second round, 56th overall, after a great season with the OHL's Oshawa Generals where he was 27-27-54 with 7 power play goals and 2 short handed goals. He played again with the Generals last season and improved to 34-28-62 with 9 power play goals.
Hockey's Future recently rated Lessio as the Coyotes 6th best prospect, noting that he is "one of the few offensively-gifted forwards in the Phoenix organization" and that "[o]n top of his good size and speed, Lessio is a smart player in the attacking zone, supports the puck on the cycle, and gets in the right spot to receive passes or pick up rebounds."
Lessio was the junior hockey blog Buzzing The Net's first star on March 29th during the OHL playoff race for his 2 goals and an assist that lead to the Generals tying the series against the Niagara IceDogs. Lessio was apparently ready to play from the start as his first goal came in the first minute of the game.
The left winger recently too part in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge back in August, scoring a goal in Game 4 which helped Canada win the tournament.