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Red Wings select Zach Nastasiuk with 48th overall pick; pick 58 to come

Updated 5x at 8:42 PM: The Red Wings' first second-round pick is an intriguing one:

Via Paul, here are some highlights of Nastasiuk:

 


NHL.com on the 6'1," 190-pound, right-shooting winger:

• In 2012-13, Nastasiuk ranked fourth on the Attack with 20 goals (20-20--40) and fifth with a plus-21 rating in 62 games. As a 16-year-old Ontario Hockey League rookie in 2011-12, he played in all 68 games, recording 19 points (11-8--19).

• A member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship, he recorded four points (2-2--4) in seven games.

• Nastasiuk comes from an athletic family: his father, Paul, won the 1991 Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and holds the league record for most special team tackles in a playoff game (5); his mother, Sue, played basketball at Laurier University; and his older sister, Samantha, plays for the Western Mustangs women’s hockey team.

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NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards:
"He does something to contribute to win every shift. He's an excellent penalty killer and uses his long reach very well, is smart in his ability to be in the right place. Earlier in the year, I would have called him a puck chaser, but he played with purpose and made a big jump over the second half of the season. I think he could end up becoming a big pro."

Elite Prospects, simply:

Nastasiuk is a hard working player. Very capable penalty killer and forechecker. (EP, 2013)

ESPN's Grant Sonier had him ranked 43rd overall:

43 Zach Nastasiuk
POS: LW/RW
DOB: 3/30/95
HT: 6-1
WT: 185
SHOOTS: L
TEAM: Owen Sound (OHL)
GM 62 G 20 A 20 PTS 40 +/- plus-21

Player Analysis

This player has the drive and work ethic to become a solid power forward while playing a very honest game. He performed very well in the playoffs, better than he did in the regular season, which is a major positive. He is strong on the puck and has a net presence with a willingness to battle for position. His skating improved over the season and I now consider this area of his game as an asset.

RedWingsCentral with early Nastasiuk:

2-48. C/RW Zach Nastasiuk, 6-1, 190, Owen Sound (OHL), 62-20-20-40-32. A hard-nosed two-way center/winger, Nastasiuk improved throughout the season, enjoying a good playoff run with Owen Sound and playing a key role for Canada en route to a gold medal at the IIHF world U-18 championship in April. "He ust continued to get better over the course of the year — better, better and better," said TSN scout Craig Button. "Put into more situations, killing penalties, on the power play, taking faceoffs."

Update #1:

Update #2:

Quoting the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran:

So many proud papas will be seeing the draft through their son’s eyes. But the sons of these men believe they’ll have a leg up on other names drafted because they’ve been able to see life in pro sports through their father’s eyes. They understand from the tales told by their football-, basketball- and hockey-playing dads just what it takes to be a pro.

“Definitely the mental side of it, I owe it all to him,” Nastasiuk, a right winger with the Owen Sound Attack, said of his father, a Grey Cup champion with the 1991 Argonauts. “He’s done a lot for me in preparing me to know what to expect.”

How? Nastasiuk references the family’s “Speed Bump” story. When Paul Nastasiuk was just a rookie in the CFL trying to find his way with the B.C. Lions, he was called to the carpet for poor play in practice.

“Who’s No. 36? Stand up,” demanded Lions assistant coach Roy Shivers, apoplectic looking at the video.

Nastasiuk did as instructed.

“What’s your name?” yelled Shivers, then not waiting. “I’ll tell you what your name is. It’s Speed Bump. Because that’s all you are out there.”

Paul Nastasiuk has related the story to his son, Zach, many times. And not because he’s proud of being embarrassed in front of all his teammates. Like any young player, it took the elder Nastasiuk some time to understand that Shivers wasn’t trying to embarrass him. He was trying to make him better. Shivers and Nastasiuk became life-long friends. Zach gets it, in a way that other teenagers — and it’s 18-year-olds who are getting drafted — may not.

“That gets me ready,” said Zach. “He tells me how to react to that, so when I get embarrassed, I’m ready and I only need to be told once.”

Update #2.5: From MLive's Ansar Khan:

The Detroit Red Wings selected center/right wing Zach Nastasiuk from Owen Sound (OHL) with their second pick, 48th overall in the second round, of Sunday's NHL entry draft at the Prudential Center.

In 2012-13, Nastasiuk ranked fourth on the Attack with 20 goals (40 points) and fifth with a plus-21 rating in 62 games.

He was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship, recording four points (including two goals) in seven games.

Here's what NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards said of Nastasiuk on NHL.com: "He does something to contribute to win every shift. He's an excellent penalty killer and uses his long reach very well, is smart in his ability to be in the right place. Earlier in the year, I would have called him a puck chaser, but he played with purpose and made a big jump over the second half of the season. I think he could end up becoming a big pro."

Update #3:

The Hockey News had Nastasiuk listed at 39:

"It's not uncommon for prospects to have a lot of raw ability, but when you cobine it with Nasasiuk's hockey sense and competitiveness, there's potential for something special.

"If he goes in the second rund, we might see a lot of people saying, 'Wow'' about this guy a year from now," a scout said. "This kid is just starting to scratch the surface."

How much he continues to scratch will determine whether Nastasiuk will project as a 3rd-liner at the NHL level or something more. He made terrific strides on a very good team in Owen Sound this season, displaying good puck skills and a decent touch around the net.

He progressed as the year went on and was very good in the first round of the playoffs, but some scouts believe he'll have difficulty getting higher than the third line. "he has lots of potential to improve and a lot of room to develop his game," another scout said. "I see a guy who's got it all."

 

From the Sudbury Star's Bill Walker:

The good news for Zach Nastasiuk is he's getting lots of scoring chances this season.

The bad news for the 16-year-old Barrie native is those chances haven't translated into a lot of goals for the Owen Sound Attack first-round pick.

"It's not the same as last year in minor midget and I can't do the stuff that I used to be able to do," Nastasiuk said prior to the Attack's 3-1 loss to the Barrie Colts on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League play. "These guys are a lot stronger but I think I'm still using my body and protecting the puck. And I want to be more consistent offensively.

"I want to work on it now, so I can be as best prepared as I can be for the future."

Nastasiuk has nine goals in 62 games this season and his lack of offensive numbers likely cost him a spot on Ontario's under-17 team, which played at the World Challenge over Christmas. The underage right winger is using that slight as motivation.

"It's obviously frustrating that you weren't there and that's your first step (in playing for Team Canada)," said Nastasiuk. "I try not let it bother me and just try to get set for playing u18."

Update #4:

Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan on both of the Wings' second-rounders...

Continuing their search for size and skill, the Red Wings picked Zach Nastasiuk in the second round of Sunday’s Entry Draft. With their second pick in the round two, received in a trade from San Jose earlier in the day, the Red Wings selected forward Tyler Bertuzzi — yes, Todd’s nephew.

Nastasiuk,a 6-foot-1 190-pound right wing from Owen Sound in the OHL, scored 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in 62 games with 32 penalty minutes and was picked with the 48th overall pick.

In the first round, the Red Wings selected Anthony Mantha, a power forward from the Quebec League.

Nastasiuk comes from an athletic family. Nastasiuk’s father Paul, won the 1991 Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and holds the league record for most special team tackles in a playoff game, with five.
His mother, Sue, played basketball at Laurier University, and older sister, Samantha, plays for the Western (Ont.) Mustangs women’s hockey team.

Bertuzzi was a classic “reach.” Bertuzzi was ranked the 207th ranked North American skater according to Central Scouting — yet the Red Wings selected Bertuzzi at No. 57 overall. At 6-foot 176-pounds, Bertuzzi doesn’t have the size of his uncle but plays with a similar grit.

And here's Khan on Nastasiuk:

The Detroit Red Wings selected center/right wing Zach Nastasiuk from Owen Sound (OHL) with their second pick, 48th overall in the second round, of Sunday's NHL entry draft at the Prudential Center.

In 2012-13, Nastasiuk ranked fourth on the Attack with 20 goals (40 points) and fifth with a plus-21 rating in 62 games.

He was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship, recording four points (including two goals) in seven games.

Here's what NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards said of Nastasiuk on NHL.com: "He does something to contribute to win every shift. He's an excellent penalty killer and uses his long reach very well, is smart in his ability to be in the right place. Earlier in the year, I would have called him a puck chaser, but he played with purpose and made a big jump over the second half of the season. I think he could end up becoming a big pro."

Update #5:

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Comments

Bugsy's avatar

Good to hear he wants to be in front of the net.  2-way player seems to be the consensus.

Posted by Bugsy on 06/30/13 at 06:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Zach Nasty.  Too easy, eh?

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/30/13 at 06:18 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Tyler Bertuzzi LOL LOL ha ha

Wonder if this is a payoff for going to buy out Todd Bertuzzi

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/30/13 at 06:22 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Sounds like a bigger Drew Miller.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/30/13 at 07:19 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

And by bigger, I mean ever so slightly shorter.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/30/13 at 07:20 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Good PKers always welcome.
Red Wings drafting little Bert and this guy readying for rugged move to Eastern Conference.
Sadly they will probably lead the NHL in man hours lost to injury having to play Chara a lot, Philly and hated pens because our roster has no legit policeman.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 07/01/13 at 06:48 AM ET

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