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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Paying Homage to Zach Sill by @ChicksDigHockey

In case you don't know, Zach Sill is a forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 26 yr old 6 foot 202lb center was acquired as a free agent May 16, 2011. He hardly stands out on the ice.

Sill’s NHL stats are remarkable in that you rarely see that many zeros in one place.


Since 2013 he has played in 30 NHL games and has not scored a single goal. He has shot the puck twice thus far in the 2014-15 season. In all fairness, I’m pretty sure the Penguins did not sign him for his goal-scoring prowess. 

In those 30 NHL games he has not assisted on a single goal. Not even by accident has he been involved in registering a goal.  There are only three forwards on the ice at even strength. How do you not accidentally pass the puck to someone who scores even once? 
How does an NHL forward, even a total thug (which Sill isn't), go through the first 30 games of his NHL career without so much as a cheap second assist?

What's the NHL record for longest start to a career without a single point? Marc-Andre Fleury has an assist this season.

Sill is a +1 this season indicating he was on the ice one time when a goal was scored but had nothing to do with it.

His offensive game can best be described with one word….absent.

In an interview he gave in 2010 he said; "I used to score a lot of goals when I was a kid, but when they brought hitting into it, all I wanted to do was hit," he said. "It was just kind of more fun." 

Zach Sill finishes his checks. He delivers good hard hits.

Zach Sill does not kill penalties. He is not on any of the power play units. He did serve a bench minor for too many men on the, that was useful.
When you think Zach Sill, think Matt Cooke but without the scoring ability, tenacity or the toughness. So, basically just use that time as an opportunity to think of Matt Cooke.

He had a fight this season. On October 9, in the Pens’ home opener, he fought Clayton Stoner of the Anaheim Ducks. He was relentless and seemed to enjoy the experience.

When he was 18, he attended University of Maine on a scholarship, but played only six games as a freshman before being suspended for breaking team rules and then, leaving school. "I was young and stupid," Sill said, declining to offer any further details. In the real world, if you get suspended from a university hockey squad and refuse to elaborate it may cost you consideration for the job you’re applying for. In hockey, the mystery makes you a bad-ass and therefore an attractive free agent acquisition.
All of that having been said, Does Sill deserve to be on the fourth line? He's a grinder who knows how to level a hit but could someone else fill his role better? Only time and the Pens' coaching staff can answer that. 

In the meantime, I've compiled a list of things that are likely to occur before Zach Sill registers a point:  

  • Bigfoot will appear in a picture that is sharply in focus.
  • The Leafs will contend for the cup.
  • Sidney Crosby will grow a full beard.
  • Wile E. Coyote will catch the Roadrunner. 
  • Marc Andre Fleury will score a hat trick
  • Don Cherry will "tone it down" with his suits
  • Someone will finally answer the question, "Who let the dogs out?"
  • Gary Bettman will receive applause at the next draft. 
  • Claude Giroux will resist the urge to touch a cop's butt.
  • Primanti's stops serving fries on their sandwiches
  • We will learn the results of Eugene Melnyk's Matt Cooke investigation. 
  • The Florida Panthers will sell out a game.
  •  Consol Energy Center will have a good ice surface
  • Daniel Carcillo will win the Lady Bing. 
  • Jaromir Jagr will retire 
  • P.K. Subban will stop slew-footing
  • Bruins fans will blame Bruins misfortune on the Bruins 
  •  Scott Hartnell will endear himself to Penguins' fans. 
  •  Brent Johnson loses a goalie fight
  • Sidney Crosby will be cheered in Philly.

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