2010-11: Zach Nastasiuk made his junior hockey debut, appearing in one game with the OJHL’s Orangeville Flyers, and skated for the Barrie Colts midget minor AAA team. He scored 17 goals with 23 assists and had 38 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Colts. In three OHL Cup games with Barrie he scored 1 goal with 1 assist. Nastasiuk was selected by Owen Sound in the first round (20th overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.
2011-12: Nastasiuk played in the OHL as a 16-year-old, and was one of five players to play in all 68 regular season games for Owen Sound. He scored 11 goals with 8 assists and was minus-10 with 15 penalty minutes. The Attack were third in the Midwest Division and lost to second place KItchener in a five-game playoff series. Nastasiuk had 1 goal and was plus-three in the series.
2012-13: Nastasiuk returned to Owen Sound for a second season and was a key two-way player on an Attack team that finished with the OHL’s third best record. He was Owen Sound’s fourth-leading scorer with 20 goals and 20 assists in 62 games and was plus-21 with 32 penalty minutes. Nastasiuk led the Attack in scoring in the playoffs, finishing with 4 goals and 7 assists in 12 games as Owen Sound reached the second round. Following the OHL playoffs he played for Canada at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship; scoring 2 goals with 2 assists and finishing plus-four in seven games for Canada’s gold medal squad. Nastasiuk was ranked 13th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
Like Nurse, Nastasiuk comes from an athletic family background and knows what it takes to play professional sports. His work ethic (as evidenced by his return from an injurty this season) has been lauded league-wide and the 6’1 right winger brings a lot of mental fortitude to this game.
Nastasiuk is a solid winger but needs to improve his overall skating ability. He has a nose for the net (finishing the campaign with 20 goals), and could project to being a solid third-line player that brings an offensive touch to his game.
Nastasiuk will return to the Owen Sound Attack club in 2014-15 that he captained as an 18-year-old in 2013-14.