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Luke Lynes Profile

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Luke Lynes – Center/Left Wing

Born: Nov. 28, 1987, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left

Rankings:
CSB: #48 among North American skaters
International Scouting Services: #74
McKeen’s: N/A
Red Line Report: #199
THN: #73

Profile:
Born in Michigan, Luke Lynes moved to Ellicott City, Maryland when he was 11. He played youth hockey in Howard County and for the Little Capitals; Lynes’ father still coaches the Little Caps. The Lynes family has been Capitals season-ticket holders for several seasons.

Lynes’ father captained the Miami (Oh.) University team, and wanted his son to attend his alma mater. But the younger Lynes’ ultimate goal is to play in the NHL, and he figured the rigorous OHL schedule was better suited toward achieving his goal. Lynes was drafted by both Sioux Falls of the USHL and Brampton of the OHL.

In his second season with Brampton in 2005-06, Lynes tripled the goal output of his rookie campaign. He collected 35 points on the power play and blossomed into quite an offensive weapon. If Lynes continues to develop at anywhere near his current rate, a pro career awaits.

What Others Are Saying:
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Central Scouting Bureau
Scouting Report:
Is a unique skater who finds a way to always arrive in good position using a wide base, shorter type of stride … sees the ice well and has the ability to move the puck well through traffic using very good passing skills making crisp or soft passes as called for by the game situation … has both a good slap shot and a sniper’s wrist shot as well as an outstanding backhand shot … with good offensive instincts and anticipation he has been used on Brampton’s #1 power-play unit this season with success … one of those players whom the puck seems to follow around – he protects the puck well with a “strong stick” … an aggressive hard working up and down winger, Luke is not afraid to pay the price or be the first to the puck and has been a steady and consistent competitor this season … Brampton’s 3rd pick, 46th overall in the 2004 OHL priority draft.

Personal Profile:
Nickname is Reggie, after Reggie Dunlop from Slapshot … favorite NHL team is the Washington Capitals … favorite player is the Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin … wears jersey #15 because it was his father’s number … thanks his father for being the most influential person on his career thus far, and for being “a guide to my success and always giving me a positive example” … patterns his game after Philadelphia’s Peter Forsberg because he “controls the game down low” … outside of sports, most admires his father for doing his best in every situation to be successful, and for never being outworked … most memorable hockey game played was the Culver Invitational Championship game in overtime … most memorable hockey game watched was in 1994, with Sweden’s shootout win over Canada in the Olympic gold medal game … favorites include: Sportscentre (TV show), Days of Thunder, Top Gun (movies), Tom Cruise (actor) and Joe Nichols (musician) … if he had a chance to have dinner with any three people, Lynes would invite: Napoleon Bonaparte – “one of the world’s most strategic geniuses,” Lance Armstrong – “there’s so much that you could learn from all his struggles,” and Steve Yzerman – “grew up watching him in Detroit.”

Hockey's Future

International Scouting Service
Scouting Report:
Lynes has great offensive tools and put them to good use in his second year in Brampton. He benefited at times by playing alongside gifted offensive players in [Wojtek] Wolski and [Luciano] Aquino. He thrives around the net, with impressive confidence and puck control. He uses his great puck skills and soft hands in close to capitalize on his chances. He became a PP specialist and became a go to guy with the man advantage. He is an average skater and must improve his foot speed and acceleration in order to fit into the high paced game at the next level.

 

Year Team League GP G A PTS PIM +/-
2005-06 Brampton Battalion OHL 65 34 28 62 61 10
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