Zach Nastasiuk
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Zach Nastasiuk

Hometown:

Barrie Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-03-30

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (48th overall), 2013

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

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 the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Nastasiuk signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit in November 2013 and made his pro hockey debut with Red Wings’ AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in April 2014 following his third season with Owen Sound. He had no points or penalties and was -2 in five regular season games and played in seven of 10 playoff games for the Griffins; recording 1 assist and finishing -1 with no penalty minutes. Second to Holden Cook in scoring for Owen Sound, he scored 23 goals with 28 assists and was -14 with 26 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games. The Attack finished fourth in the Midwest Division and fell to Sault Ste. Marie in a first-round playoff series. Nastasiuk scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games.

2014-15: Nastasiuk was the second-leading scorer for Owen Sound behind Edmonton prospect Kyle Platzer in his fourth OHL season. Skating in 64 of 68 regular season games for the Attack, he scored a team-high 35 goals with 42 assists and was +9 with 34 penalty minutes. Owen Sound finished fourth in the Midwest Division and faced defending champion Guelph in a first-round playoff series.

2015-16: Nastasiuk played 27 games with Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in his first pro season — splitting the year between the Griffins and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. He scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +6 with 4 penalty minutes with Grand Rapids. The Griffins finished fourth in the Central Division, reaching the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Nastasiuk scored 10 goals with 10 assists and was +10 with 10 penalty minutes in 25 games for Toledo as the Walleye finished first in the North Division.

Talent Analysis

Nastasiuk is the son of former CFL football player Paul Nastasiuk and knows what it takes to play professional sports. His work ethic and mental fortitude is without question. He is a solid winger but needs to improve his overall skating ability. Nastasiuk has been a consistent scorer whose offensive production has steadily improved during his junior career. His technical skills are not on the same level as some of the elite scorers in his age group but he reads the game well and gets the most out of his ability.  

Future

Nastasiuk split his first pro season between the AHL and ECHL in 2015-16, shuffling between Detroit affiliate Grand Rapids and the Toledo Walleye. With the depth in the Red Wings' system, the experience allowed him to play in all situations and he was playing some of his best hockey with the Griffins late in the year. The 21-year-old projects as a solid second or third line forward with some scoring ability.

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