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Wallner: Zach Nastasiuk’s trying to make the AHL jump

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk regarding his attempts to "stick" in the AHL after an up-and-down couple of seasons' worth of ECHL play:

Zach Nastasiuk knew where the line of questioning was headed.

The forward has been on a yo-yo the past couple years, unable to stick with the Grand Rapids Griffins and returned to the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. Transactions show he's been reassigned to or from Toledo 16 times since 2015-16.

Not a good look for the Detroit Red Wings' second pick (48th overall) in the 2013 NHL draft.

The 22-year-old is aware of his journey. In the latest turn, he was called up to the Griffins last Friday, scored a goal in his first game and then had a second goal overturned in his second game Wednesday.

A good start.

"I think I'm in a lot better spot than I have been in the past," Nastasiuk said. "You know, it's all part of the journey, right? I try and look at the big picture and enjoy every day and, at the end of the day, we're playing hockey for a living and there isn't anything better than that."

Wallner continues...

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I remember being pretty excited about Nasty as a Jr. How far he has fallen. Maybe Kenny can turn him into a 3rd round pick.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/15/17 at 08:08 PM ET

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