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Fantasy Summary

Projectable bottom-six forward who was drafted as an overage player. A feisty player who has a nose for the net.


Observations

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June 2022 – The 23-year-old has a solid 16-game stint in the NHL last season with two goals, two assists and 51 hits. He played 64 games in the AHL and had 14 goals and 14 assists. Kastelic is the son of former NHLer Ed Kastelic, who played 220 NHL games and had 729 PIM. He has a chance to stick with Ottawa next season in a bottom line role.  Grant Campbell

October 2020 – Kastelic is a heart and soul player who showed up when it mattered for the Calgary Hitmen. He has a good shot and some physicality which should allow him to project as a bottom-six player. He has been signed with the Ottawa Senators and should start next season in the AHL. He seems to be a solid bet to be an AHL player but his path to the NHL will be long and dependant on him taking big steps at each stop. It will be key for him to hit the ground running with the Belleville Senators. Tony Ferrari 

February 2020 – The Calgary Hitmen captain has been playing well recently. He is over a point-per-game in his 20-year-old season in the WHL. Ideally, he would be producing at a higher rate as one of the older players in the league but he has continued to progress in his overall game. Kastelic is unlikely to reach the 47-goal plateau that he got to last year but he should still put up solid numbers overall. He projects as an AHL forward who could eventually crack the bottom-six at the NHL level. He could bring added value as the net-front presence on a powerplay unit if he can improve his hands just a bit. Tony Ferrari

October 2019 – The physical forward seems to be a late bloomer. He was drafted in his D+2 year after putting up 47 goals on a shooting percentage north of 18%. Some regression should be expected but he’s had a hot start to the season with three goals and an assist in three games. He is the captain of the Calgary Hitmen and shows all of the intangibles a team could want in a player. He’s consistently lauded for his work ethic and his dedication to being better. He doesn’t possess the raw skills that many 47-goal scorers have but he is a gritty player who can cash in around the net. He’s a bit of a “garbage man” who can be a physical presence around the net front. His skating seems to have improved but it needs some work still. He isn’t an NHL lock by any means but he could carve out a role in a team’s bottom-six and play on the second power-play unit in a net-front position. Tony Ferrari

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 11, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 220 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 5; Overall: 125

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 14U AAAT1EHL 14U13 7 714 12|        
  Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 14U AAA14U AAA51 29 2352 12|        
 2014-2015 Team Purple USA-S155 1 23 -|        
  Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 16U AAAT1EHL 16U24 5 1015 38|Playoffs4 1 34
 2015-2016 Team Red U17-Dev3 0 00 0|        
  Calgary HitmenWHL59 5 510 39|Playoffs5 0 11
 2016-2017 Team Red USA-S175 1 12 -|        
  Calgary HitmenWHL67 13 2235 65|Playoffs4 0 11 10 
  USA U18