OA Interview: Lucas Edmonds
The only one of the three to be drafted by Kingston originally, Lucas Edmonds was taken in the seventh-round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection (131st overall), not making his Frontenacs debut until this pre-season after signing a standard player agreement in March 2021. Even considering the talent level displayed this season, the North Bay-born Edmonds has surprised many around the league with his offensive explosion leading to him becoming the first Frontenac to hit the 100-point plateau since Eric Himelfarb in 2003-04. No North Bay area-born player had ever reached the century mark, creating local hockey history. With three more (114), he’ll tie a single-season major-junior record for points for players from the locale recorded by Ken Wharram in the 1952 season with the OHA’s Major Junior Galt Blackhawks.
Son of junior and pro hockey coach Randy Edmonds and mother Pia, the budding star with Canadian and Swedish routes, polished his skills in Sweden from 2016 until suiting up with the Frontenacs for his 2021-22 overage season. The five-foot-eleven, 183-pound right-handed shooter has seen himself become one of the more dangerous players in junior hockey. He has registered at least three points in a game 20 times, including a season-high six-point night versus Mississauga Steelheads on Feb 12 and twice being named OHL Player of The Week (Mar 7- Mar 13 and Dec 6- Dec 12). Edmonds heads into the regular season’s final week, sitting third in overall OHL scoring, second in assists (77). A vital member of this year’s leadership group, Edmonds wears the “A” with a sense of pride and commitment. Eligible for the upcoming NHL draft this summer, Edmonds maintains his focus on this season and an OHL Championship, letting his dynamic play dictate what lies ahead.