Today, the Devils Executive Vice President and General Manager, Ray Shero announced that the team had signed their 2016 second round draft pick, Nathan Bastian, to a three year, entry level contract.
Bastian, an 18-year-old right wing from Kitchener, Ontario, played the last two years with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. He will be entering his third season with the team this year.
So far this year, according to the Devils’ press release, he has four goals and six assists for 10 points in just six games. The press release says that he had “a career-high five assist night” versus the Guelph Storm in that span. He was a point-per-game player last year with 19 goals and 40 assists for 59 points in 64 games played.
The press release notes that he played in the 2016 CHL Top Prospects game (with fellow Steelheads teammate and Devils draft pick Michael McLeod).
The Devils’ notes on him say that he is a right-handed shot, is 6-foot 4-inches and 205-pounds and participated in the Devils Development Camp back in July as well as skating in the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. He was taken 41st overall in the Draft.
He was assigned back to Mississauga on October 1 after recording an assist in two preseason games.