Biography

Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’0’‘
Weight 200 lbs.
Born: 5/24/1988
Hometown: Truro, NS
Drafted: N/A
Acquired: Signed as a minor-league free agent (July 2009)
Player Type: Grinder
Player Comparison: Matt Cooke
 
Career Projection
Zach Sill was kicked out of the University of Maine in 06-07 for undisclosed reasons after a very successful MJAHL career. In 07-08 he signed with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL, where he began his junior career. In his two year stint there, he posted 50 points (27+23) and 173 PIM in 124 games played. The Penguins saw something they liked in Sill, when they signed him to an AHL deal in mid July this past offseason. This season, Sill proved that he can play past the ECHL level (1+2, 15 PIM in 6 games with Wheeling). For the time being, he has earned himself a spot on the Baby Pens fourth line where his main role is to create energy and forecheck hard. Sill could play himself into an NHL contract for next year if he continues his recent success. His NHL potential is a fourth-line banger.
 
Strengths
Can chip in dirty goals from the crease area.. Plays with a chip on his shoulder.. Defines the term "finishing your check"... Best hitting prospect in the system.. Creates energy with his physical play.. Won’t hesitate to drop his gloves.. Animated fighter when he’s involved in a scrap
 
Weaknesses
Needs to prove himself as a legitimate professional player to earn a two-way contract.. Won’t be relied on for offensive game.. needs to make better decisions with the puck in dangerous areas (neutral zone, etc.)
 
Achievements/Awards
• MJAHL Playoff MVP (2005-2006)
• Named QMJHL Hardest Hitter, Best Defensive Forward, Hardest Worker, and Dirtiest Player (2009)