6'1" - 185 LBS
Lessio was the 7th overall pick of the Niagara Ice Dogs in 2009. After months of speculation that he was going to attend the University of Michigan, the Ice Dogs pulled the trigger on a trade with the Generals. The saga finally ended when Lessio signed with the Generals prior to this summer.
The Generals paid a hefty price for his services. The Generals surrendered a second round pick in 2010 and a conditional pick 2011 -- which with Lessio's signing turns into second rounders in both 2012 and 2013 and if he plays beyond this coming season additional third and fourth round picks.
The offensive weapon recorded 30 goals and 72 points in only 41 games playing for St. Mike's of the Central Canadian Hockey League.
He's got good size and great speed. He has very good soft hands as evidenced by this Rick Nash type goal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMt9G0pFpCc.
Lessio possesses leadership qualities and works hard to improve himself. This summer, he hired a personal trainor to work on his lower body strength. He drives to the net hard and protects the puck well. He likes to go into the corners and fight for pucks. He's not afraid to take a hit, nor does he shy away from dishing one out everytime he has the chance.
Some say Lessio has flown a little under the radar. But consider this. His services were fought for for months with the University of Michigan offering a full scholarship, the Ice Dogs trying to desperately sign him and the Generals giving up a lot of future in order for a chance to sign him.
Lessio will make a strong push to become a top 15, maybe even top 10 pick.