Max Nicastro
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Max Nicastro

Hometown:

Thousand Oaks California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-03-02

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (91st overall), 2008

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Max Nicastro played for the LA Junior Kings Midget AAA U-18 team. Selected by the Indiana Ice in the 6th round of the 2006 USHL Entry Draft with the 68th overall pick. The Ice traded his rights to the Chicago Steel at the trade deadline.

2007-08: In his second season with the Chicago Steel (USHL), Nicastro recorded 20 points (6g+14a) in 58 appearances. He racked up another goal and two assists in seven postseason games with the club. Played for Team USA at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge.

2008-09: Nicastro played a second year at the junior level with the Chicago Steel in the USHL. In 57 games, the blueliner scored 9 goals, 22 assists for 31 points. He also added 84 PIMs.

2009-10: As a freshman at Boston University, Nicastro scored 3 goals, 12 assists for 15 points in 37 games.

2010-11: During 38 games with Boston University he posted 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points. While he regressed offensively, he shored up his defensive game and increased his physical play.

2011-12: Nicastro was dismissed from the Boston University hockey team in February after being charged with a criminal act. In 27 games prior to his arrest, he scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was minus-two with 32 penalty minutes. Boston University reached the Hockey East semifinals after finishing third in the regular season and lost to Minnesota in the NCAA West regional. The charges against Nicastro were dropped in June 2012 and he signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings in July, 2012.

2012-13: Nicastro struggled to get ice time with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in his first pro season and spent time with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye. He skated in 25 AHL games, scoring 1 goal with 2 assists, and was an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and captured the Calder Cup championship. Nicastro did not play in the playoffs. In nine regular season ECHL games with Toledo he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +7 with 4 penalty minutes. Nicastro played in 4 of 6 games in the Walleye's first round playoff series with Cincinnati and was -2 with 1 goal.

 

Talent Analysis
Nicastro possesses good size, at 6’3, 210 pounds. Plays a strong defensive game, but is also adept at moving the puck. Has a heavy shot, and doesn’t shy away from the physical end of the game if needed.
 
Future

Nicastro could not find a regular spot in the lineup during his AHL rookie season, but he will look to be a more consistent contributor in 2013-14, his second year with Grand Rapids.

 

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