The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Northeastern forward Zach Aston-Reese to a 2-year entry level contract.
Aston-Reese will report to the WBS Penguins this weekend. He will be on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the year. His 2-year contract will be in effect starting the 2017-18 season.
Aston-Reese recently finished the NCAA season with 31 goals and 32 assists in just 38 games. He led the NCAA in both goals and total points for the 2016-17 season.
His numbers have gotten consistently better throughout his career. The 6-foot, 180-pound forward is a solid sign for the Penguins, and will add even more depth to their minor-league system.
Aston-Reese told Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop that Pittsburgh was an easy choice for him.
“When I had time to sit down and think about it today,” Aston-Reese said. “It just felt like it was the right place.
Aston-Reece mentioned that he has spoken with both Mark Recchi and Bill Guerin in recent months.
“Just their track record over the past few years with what they’ve been able to do with bringing in college guys was big,” Aston-Reece said.
Guerin says that Aston-Reece’s character and compete levels are going to give him a chance to be a very productive player for the Penguins.
After missing out on prizes college free agent Jimmy Vesey last season, the Penguins were right back at it by picking up Aston-Reece. Just remember the last effective college free agent the Penguins brought up has 20 goals and is playing on Sid’s left wing.