Northeastern forward and candidate for the Hobey Baker Award Zach Aston-Reese has signed his first professional contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is a two-year, entry level contract, starting in the 2017-2018 season, and runs through the 2018-2019 season.
Aston-Reese will report to the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre Penguins, where he will play the rest of the season on an amateur tryout contract. For those local to the Boston/New England area, Wilkes-Barre will be visiting the Providence Bruins on April 9th for the Bruins’ last game of the season.
Aston-Reese projects as a bottom-six forward who will be able to forecheck, kill penalties, chip in some offense, and play along the boards as a menace to opposing players- roles that he honed and perfected while at Matthews Arena. We wish nothing but success for Zach, and look forward to watching him thrive at the next level. All Hail the ZAR!