Zach Nastasiuk Scouting Report: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Owen Sound Attack

Photo credit: Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Photo credit: Terry Wilson / OHL Images

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey is less than one month away. As we inch closer to this year’s draft, I’ll continue to plug away and post as many scouting reports on the top draft eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League as I can.

Here is my scouting report on 2013 draft eligible forward, Zach Nastasiuk, of the Owen Sound Attack.

Zach Nastasiuk
Age – 18
Position – Right Wing
Height – 6′ 1″
Weight – 191
Draft Projection: Mid 2nd to early 3rd
OHL Team: Owen Sound Attack
2013 Regular Season Stats: 20 goals, 20 assists, 40 points, +21, 32PIM, 62 games played
2013 Playoff Stats: 4 goals, 7 assists, 11 points, +3, 0PIM, 12 games played
NHL Comparable(s) – Ryan Callahan, Brooks Laich
Upside – 7.5/10

Strengths – Nastasiuk is among the most well rounded players in this year’s draft class. He’s a team first player who will do whatever it takes to win and lay it all on the line every shift. He never backs down from anyone and wins a lot more puck battles than he loses. He’ll block shots, his positioning is good and overall he’s excellent defensively. Nastasiuk is a very smart player and isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice. His offensive game is good and getting better, too. He uses his strong frame to protect the puck, keep it away from oncoming defenders and is good when cycling the puck. He has a decent set of hands on him, can distribute the puck and can chip in with goals here and there, as well.

Weaknesses – Nastasiuk is an average skater, but there is room for improvement. He would benefit from some more explosiveness in his stride. He has an above average skill set but there are some questions as to how much offensive upside he has and what will translate to the NHL level.

Career Projection – All things considered, Nastasiuk projects to be a 3rd line player who can kill penalties and fit in on the 2nd power play unit. There’s a chance Nastasiuk develops into a solid 2nd line winger, but a 3rd line player is a safer projection.

2013 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:

Forwards

Sean Monahan – Ottawa 67′s

Max Domi – London Knights

Bo Horvat – London Knights

Ryan Hartman – Plymouth Whalers

Jason Dickinson – Guelph Storm

Kerby Rychel – Windsor Spitfires

Jimmy Lodge – Saginaw Spirit

Justin Bailey – Kitchener Rangers

Ryan Kujawinski – Kingston Frontenacs

Defenseman

Darnell Nurse – Soo Greyhounds

Nikita Zadorov – London Knights

Chris Bigras – Owen Sound Attack

Jordan Subban – Belleville Bulls

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