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#17 Max Nicastro
Pos: Defenseman
D.O.B.: 3/2/90
From: Thousand Oaks, CA
Height: 6'2
Weight: 210
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2008 draft 3rd rnd 91st overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed 2-year contract with Detroit (NHL) 7/2/12
Plus: Good Size and strength... Moves the puck up ice well... Plays a physical, punishing game... Good heavy shot...
Minus: Offensive game has regressed... Off-ice distractions have cast a cloud...
Organizational Comments: "He has good size, a big, strong guy, physical, He can shoot the puck. He's a strong skater." Jim Nill - Wings Assistant General Manager
What GRC says: 2012-13: Lost the last blueline spot to Fournier late in the season and could not crack the playoff roster. Nicastro played well in spurts but was the victim of the numbers game, something that will probably impede him again next year with ten defenseman on the depth chart in Grand Rapids. Needs to play physically more consistently to stay in the lineup.
Fall 2012: A big stay at home defenseman with a cannon of a point shot, Nicastro is looking for a fresh start as a pro after a trying college career marred by an off-ice incident. He won't provide much offense but can move the puck out of harms way and makes it tough for opposing forwards in his own end.
Role: Defensive Defenseman
Projection: NHL Depth Defenseman


7/2/12 Signed 2-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)