Weight: 180 pounds
Date of birth: February 25, 1999
Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 3, 58th overall, 2015 Priority Selection
Guelph Storm center Nate Schnarr played his midget hockey for the Waterloo Wolves Minor Midgets where he captained the squad during the 2014-2015 season and scored 31 goals and added 43 assists in 51 games. Schnarr would win Silver with Team Alliance at the OHL Gold Cup where he contributed 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. He would also register 3 assists with the Wolves in 5 OHL Cup games.
The Storm would select Schnarr in the third round, fifty-eighth overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
A season ago, Schnarr had, by all accounts, an impressive rookie camp with the Storm and was one of the last cuts at training camp. At the time, Storm General Manager Mike Kelly had this to say:
“We knew that if we didn’t think he was going to be ready for major junior, he was going to have a really good opportunity. He was probably as qualified to stay with the Storm as a couple of kids we kept, but because his option was so good, it was an easy decision for us to make.”
That option was to play Junior B with the Waterloo Siskins of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Schnarr made the most of it. He was named the Midwestern Conference Rookie of the Year and was named to the First All-Star Team after scoring 26 goals and 28 assists in 45 games while helping Waterloo to the Cherry Cup Finals and the semi-finals of the Sutherland Cup.
Schnarr would appear in 6 games for the Storm scoring once and adding 3 assists while continuing to practice with the OHL team throughout the season.
Schnarr would finish this season with 18 goals and 18 assists in 54 games for the Storm playing in many different situations. He did damage on the powerplay with 8 goals and 6 assists and added a shorthanded marker.
The first thing to notice about Schnarr is that he has the size NHL teams more and more are putting an emphasis on down the middle of the ice. He uses his 6’3”, 180-pound frame effectively at both ends and with just 27 minutes in penalties on the season, does it within the rules.
The second thing you notice is how intelligent Schnarr is. He thinks the game at a high level. He sees plays develop and understands where he needs to be on the ice and when he has the puck on his stick, immediately recognizes what the best options are. Most importantly, he uses those assets in all three zones.
Finally, Schnarr’s commitment and work ethic stand out. He’s a player who never gives up, works as hard in the defensive zone as the offensive zone and his mistakes are few and far between. He’s very coachable and combined with his smarts, commitment and work ethic, should find success.
Schnarr projects as a solid third line, two-way pivot at the NHL level who can play defensively and provide some offense.
Schnarr was ranked 32nd on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.
This is the profile page of Nathan Schnarr at Elite Prospects