Forward Zach Nastasiuk taken by Wings with first of two second round picks

With the Wings first of two picks in the second round they took Zach Nastasiuk, who played last season with Owen Sound in the Ontario Hockey League.

Nastasiuk, who’s 6-1, 190 pounds, had 20 goals and 20 assists last season in 62 games and was a plus-21.

Here are some tidbits on Nastasiuk from NHL.com.

• 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.

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.”

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