2013 U18 WJC: Zach Nastasiuk, Canada

By Chapin Landvogt
Zach Nastasiuk - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack forward Zach Nastasiuk has followed up a solid sophomore season in the OHL with a gold medal win at the 2013 U18 World Juniors (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

While Team Canada seemingly rode the gifted talent of forward Connor McDavid to their gold medal win over the USA at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, there were contributions right down the roster over the course of this tournament.

Some of those contributors, such as defensemen Josh Morrissey and Madison Bowey and forward Morgan Klimchuk, already had a very high profile heading into this U18 as they are highly-ranked prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft. But other players with less name recognition played a part in Canada's golden moment, as well.

One of those heretofore lesser known players is forward Zach Nastasiuk, who skates in the OHL for the Owen Sound Attack. To be sure, Nastasiuk is not a complete unknown as he is a potential second round pick in the coming NHL Draft. But, compared to others on the Canadian roster, Nastasiuk was somewhat of an unknown quantity when it came to playing on the international stage.

But Nastasiuk showed that he fit in just fine with his more heralded Canadian teammates, potting two goals and adding two assists for four points in seven U18 games. The Barrie, ON native finished the tournament with a +4 rating while averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game.

Nastasiuk spoke with Hockey's Future about the feeling of winning gold at this U18 tournament following the 3-2 win over Team USA.

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