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Road to the NHL Draft: Zach Nastasiuk

By John Vogl

Zach Nastasiuk

Position: Right wing

Junior team: Owen Sound (OHL)

Born: Barrie, Ont.

Measurables: 6-foot-1, 192 pounds

2012-13 stats: 62 games, 20 goals, 20 assists, 40 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 13 (North America)

Lowdown: Sabres scouts who kept tabs on 2011 draft pick Daniel Catenacci this season got a good look at Nastasiuk, too. The duo helped lead Owen Sound to a 44-18-6 record. Catenacci led the Attack with 79 points, while Nastasiuk finished fourth. The roles were reversed in the playoffs as Nastasiuk paced his team with 11 points, including four goals, in 12 games.

The son of a Canadian Football League player jumped 20 spots from his NHL Central Scouting midterm rank of 33. He gets high marks for his hockey sense and competitive fire. He’s strong and wants to get better.

There are doubts whether he can turn into a scorer. He’s not the most creative player with the puck. His skating is suspect.

They said it: "Into the playoffs he was the guy that was driving the ship. Along the wall he’s strong as an ox, down low he’s strong. You can’t get the puck off him, and he’s the guy that can go into the corners get to the pucks first and feed it out to the guys. He’s got a little bit of an underrated skill set." – Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, to the Montreal Gazette.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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