Zach Aston-Reese

by Mark Allan on March 10, 2018

 

Zach Aston-Reese, C/RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 204

Born: 1994-08-10

Hometown:  Staten Island, NY, USA

Drafted: Signed as an FA - PIT 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2018 – The Penguins say the young forward is “making progress” as he recovers from an upper-body ailment, although he’s been out five games and his absence is still listed as indefinite. The versatile Aston-Reese has shown great promise by tallying four goals and two assists in 10 NHL games (including some top-six minutes) on top of 29 points in 41 AHL contests. Plus-3 and plus-21 ratings in the NHL and AHL respectively indicate his points don’t come at the expense of his defensive play. Mark Allan

 

 

January 2018 – The former Hobey Baker finalist is trailing the eight-point pace he established in his 10-game AHL baptism late last season, but not by much. His 25 points in 38 games stand third in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scoring, while his 18 helpers are second on the baby Penguins only to the 20 by blueliner Kevin Kzuczman. Aston-Reese’s plus-19 is only one short of teammate Ryan Haggerty, while his 49 PIMs are third for WBS. It’s a promising showing in Aston-Reese’s first full pro campaign. Mark Allan

 

 

December 2017 – Matching three-point performances by linemates Jean-Sébastien Dea and Ryan Haggerty, Aston-Reese helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-2-0-1) stretch its AHL-leading 12th straight game streak with at least one point by beating Lehigh Valley 4-2. The three-assist effort by Aston-Reese is a big part of his nine points in 15 games as an AHL rookie. The former Hobey Baker finalist is tied for the team lead at plus-10 and has a team-high 25 PIMs, an intriguing combination for fantasy purposes. Mark Allan

 
 

September 2017 – Aston-Reese was among 21 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, where had three goals and five assists in a 10-game late-season pro debut. The mass demotions leave 26 players in training camp before final cuts. Mark Allan 

September 2017 – Not that you should read much into line placement in a team’s first exhibition game, but Aston-Reese played with Teddy Blueger and Bryan Rust in a 4-3 OT loss in Buffalo, opening Pittsburgh’s scoring with an unassisted effort. Aston-Reese, Blueger’s AHL teammate at the end of last season, seems to be adjusting to the NHL pace and getting into better position. Mark Allan

June 2017 – After Pittsburgh snatched the Hobey Baker Award finalist from several other NHL suitors, the late-bloomer at Northeastern intrigued the Penguins’ braintrust with three goals and five assists in 10 late-season AHL games on a tryout with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The six-foot-205-pounder will begin his minor-pro career in earnest this fall with many eyes following his progress. With proper development, he could be a solid NHer. Mark Allan

March 2017 – Aston-Reese watched with Union forward Mike Vecchione as Denver defenseman Will Butcher received the 37th annual Hobey Baker Award, presented to the top NCAA men’s hockey player for on-ice skill as well as character inside and outside hockey rinks. Recently signed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins and currently with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on an amateur tryout contract, the 22-year-old Aston-Reese was also named an All-American along with his fellow shortlist finalists. As a Northeastern University senior, he topped the NCAA with 31 goals in 38 games and finished in a three-way tie for the national points title with 63. As another canny signing by Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford, Aston-Reese has three goals and four assists in his first seven AHL games, adding seven PIMs and a plus-3 rating. Mark Allan

March 2017 – Aston-Reese has signed a free-agent contract with Pittsburgh. He was one of the most sought-after undrafted college free agents after leading the NCAA's in goals (31) and points (63) in his senior season for the Northeastern Huskies. The forward has progressed offensively each season of his college career, but has always been a responsible defensive player since his freshman season. At the NHL level, his future likely lies as bottom-six forward who can provide secondary scoring and two-way play for the 2016 Stanley Cup Champions. Kevin LeBlanc

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Two-way forward who can provide depth and secondary scoring.

 

Footage:

All Access: Zach Aston-Reese

 

Hobey Baker Candidate Video: Zach Aston-Reese

 

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