"He's responsible with and without the puck and plays with an edge, making himself hard to play against," - Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting
"He's a big, strong forward who possesses good hands and a scoring touch. He has good hockey sense and underrated passing ability. I like the fact he's hard on pucks and plays a physical game. He's taken another step in his development this year showing that he can be a consistent offensive performer for his team. He has taken on a leadership role within his team and provides them with size and skill up front. His ability to play a highly skilled game but with a physical edge makes him an exciting prospect." - Matt Ryan, NHL Central Scouting
Drafted 127th overall by Mississauga Steelheads in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.
Finished 3rd in scoring for the Steelheads last season with 59 points in 64 games behind draft eligible prospects Alexander Nylander and Michael McLeod.
Participated in the 2015-16 CHL Top Prospects Game.
Bastian a study in power
"I'm able to play a power-forward game, but it's hard sometimes. I'm always in the corners, trying to be first on the puck. I don't look at it as much as a grind as maybe it might look like because I'm also having fun and running into guys. That's my style and that's how I've been playing the past couple of years. That's what helps make me be successful." - Nathan Bastian