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by George Malik on 04/01/14 at 08:13 PM ET
The Owen Sound Attack kind of dropped this news tidbit yesterday, but the Grand Rapids Griffins made it official this evening: Owen Sound Attack captain Zach Nastasiuk, like Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson and Prince George Cougars defenseman Marc McNulty, has wrapped up his major junior season, and as such, the Wings decided to give the trio some pro experience in Grand Rapids.
Nastasiuk was signed to an amateur try-out today:
The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday reassigned right wing Zach Nastasiuk from the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
A native of Barrie, Ontario, Nastasiuk has accumulated 110 points (54-56—110) in 192 career OHL games with Owen Sound from 2011-14. Serving as captain for the 2013-14 campaign, Nastasiuk notched 51 points (23-28—51) in 62 regular season games and four points (3-1—4) in five playoff games. The 19-year-old ranked among team leaders with 23 goals (4th), 28 assists (4th), 51 points (T2nd), 10 PPG (2nd) and two shorthanded goals (1st). In his three seasons with Owen Sound, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Nastasiuk played under Attack head coach Greg Ireland, who commanded the Griffins for parts of three seasons (Feb. 10, 2005-June 15, 2007).
Detroit’s second choice (48th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Nastasiuk was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship, where he recorded four points (2-2—4) in seven games.
The Griffins will begin a three-game stretch at Van Andel Arena with a tilt against the Iowa Wild on Wednesday, followed by back-to-back games against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday. All three games will begin at 7 p.m.
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