After being drafted in the second round of the 2002 OHL Priority out of the Summerside Junior program, Nathan McIver made his OHL debut with St. Michael’s during the 2002-03 season. His solid rookie season, during which he tallied 15 points and was a +5, led him to be selected in the eighth round by the Vancouver in 2003. After attending training camp with the Canucks, McIver returned to St. Mike’s where he duplicated his rookie season with 15 points.
2006-07: McIver had a steady season with the Manitoba Moose where he played an increased role. He ended the year with 139 penalty minutes and three points in 63 games. He also got into one NHL game when the team got into injury trouble.
2007-08: The best season of his career, McIver was the clear benefactor of the injuries that struck the Canucks’ blueline. While he did score six points in his 43 AHL games, the real story was his 52 PIM in 17 NHL games. McIver was solid in the limited role he was asked to play by the team, including 7-12 minutes a night and dropping the mitts.
2008-09: McIver returned to the Vancouver Canucks in a deal that sent Mike Brown to the Anaheim Ducks.
McIver is a solid stay-at-home defenseman who with excellent positioning and ability to communicate with his partner has very good defensive play. He also has good skating skills for his size as he is well balanced on his skates and has good footwork. McIver displays good character as he is a team leader and despite not being a heavyweight, he can hold his own in the fighting department.
There is very little offensive upside in McIver’s game as he has very little chance to be more than a defensive defenseman. McIver needs to improve his ability to move the puck, whether in the defensive or offensive zone. Despite his good size, McIver needs to add to bulk to his frame in order to get the opportunity to play in the NHL.
McIver could see action as a No. 6-7 guy with further growth. He may, however, be destined to a career as a second-pairing guy at the AHL level.