Nathan Bastian

New Jersey Devils
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Fantasy Summary

Versatile and sizable winger with intriguing playmaking ability.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth December 6, 1997
Height 6‘4”
Weight 205 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 41

Observations

April 2019 – Bastian scored two goals in his final game of the year for New Jersey against Florida. The forward playing top-six minutes (16+ minutes) showed a little potential and is a player who can hit the net. Chris Wassel 

March 2019 – Bastian endured a tough adjustment from the OHL to the AHL. However, this season the winger has become meaner. The result is improved play around and away from the puck. His defense is getting better and enjoyed a brief call-up to the big club where Bastian scored his first career NHL goal. If Bastian keeps progressing, the forward could become a nice bottom-six player who can kill penalties and more. Chris Wassel

May 2017 – After a bit of a late-year slowdown, Bastian closed the OHL campaign with 45 points in 58 games and tallied seven goals and seven assists during Mississauga’s postseason run including a hat trick in their first-round series with Ottawa. Spending a significant time as a Steelhead center, he’s a candidate to help shore up the Devils’ wing play in 2017-18. He should get a long look in camp and may do some shuttling between AHL Albany and Newark, but keep an eye on him. Kevin Wickersham

February 2017 – Bastian is continuing his nearly point-per-game pace with Mississauga (12 G, 27 A, in 42 games) during an impressive team turnaround that has seen the Steelheads propel from last to first place by a wide margin in the OHL’s Central Division. Unfortunately, a late January knee injury derailed him for a few weeks, but Bastian has presumably recovered and recently returned to play. Hopefully, he will continue to excel alongside fellow Devils’ prospect Michael McLeod. Kevin Wickersham

November 2016 – The future may be bright for the versatile Bastian, a mid-second-round pick heralded in some circles as possessing the first-round talent, yet not as widely known as the top picks likely due to a lack of flash in any one area. He profiles as a tough, well-rounded power forward, highly aware and gifted in most areas of the game, and a solid and improving skater with a sizable frame who is willing to do whatever is necessary based upon game situations. Bastian is adept at putting all of his skills together in open-ice situations to aggressively storm past defenders in one-on-one matchups. Equally skilled at shooting and passing the puck as well as using his size and strength to his advantage, Bastian may ultimately be a better playmaker than several forwards drafted ahead of him. Last season, Bastian demonstrated these playmaking skills while skating on a line with Mississauga Steelhead teammates Michael McLeod (his mutually-proclaimed “best friend” and drafted in this year’s first round also by the Devils) and Alex Nylander. The least known of the three, Bastian dished out 40 assists in addition to scoring 19 goals in 64 games.

This Steelhead campaign, without Nylander but still skating with the blazing fast McLeod, Bastian is on a point-per-game pace with eight goals and 10 assists in 18 games. While he may not be a star in the making, Bastian exhibits many characteristics of a very good NHL winger. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Cambridge Hawks Bantam AAA AHBPL - - - - - |          
  Cambridge Hawks Minor Midget AAA AHMMPL 5 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 Kitchener Jr. Rangers Mn Mgt AAA AHMMPL 30 11 13 24 8 | Playoffs 11 5 7 12
 2013-2014 Brantford Bandits GOJHL 48 17 29 46 24 |          
  Mississauga Steelheads OHL 19 2 1 3 6 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
 2014-2015 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 68 17 12 29 22 |          
 2015-2016 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 64 19 40 59 50 | Playoffs 5 0 4 4
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 58 16 29 45 43 | Playoffs 20 7 7 14 16 
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 2 |          
 2017-2018 Binghamton Devils AHL 68 10 8 18 45 |          
 2018-2019 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 3 0 3 10 |          
  Binghamton Devils AHL 58 18 6 24 63 |          
 2019-2020 Binghamton Devils AHL - - - - - |          

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