Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Zach Aston-Reese Signs: Reactions

During all the snow Tuesday (I am still snowed in Wednesday as the office at my big boy job is closed) the Pittsburgh Penguins went out and signed Zach Aston-Reese to a two-year deal which kicks in next year. For the time being, he will report to Wilkes-Barre on an amateur tryout contract.

As of five minutes ago, you may not have known who Zach Aston-Reese was. I know that five minutes before I read about the news, I didn’t know who he was either.

But that’s what the power of the internet is for. Here are some reactions…

It’s a big deal when Jonathan calls the guy the top undrafted college free agent on the market…

Derrick Graffius pays a lot more attention to the college kids than I do…

I don’t suppose that you can use the kids name without also using, “big signing”

Reaction around the division?

Ok, ok, but what about a scouting report?

Words from Seth, a Q&A with Jonathan and a nice article on the Penguins site.

My reaction?

The signing certainly helps. Don’t look for him to jump right in and start playing all of a sudden. He will probably use this week to acclimate himself to Wilkes-Barre, have a couple of video sessions, practice this week and take in the two games this weekend with Lehigh Valley. Hobey Baker finalist and leader in whichever category you prefer, I don’t think they are going to trot the kid out there Saturday in Allentown, in the thick of a playoff race. If he gets in a game at all, it will most likely be next Tuesday at home against Hartford.

The one game to watch Wednesday night is Lehigh Valley hosting the North Division leader Syracuse Crunch. This is the game in hand that the Phantoms are burning against the Penguins and a Lehigh Valley win would put them two points behind Wilkes-Barre for tops in the Atlantic with a home and home series between the two sides starting Friday in Allentown. I’ll have a blurb on Twitter later Wednesday mentioning the final score.

Next blog recap should be the Gameday setup against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Friday at 3.

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