On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Penguins inched closer to their final twenty-three man roster with the re-assignments of three players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Harry Zolnierczyk, Zach Sill, and Brian Dumoulin have been sent down to the Penguins’ AHL affiliate.
Zolnierczyk was traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the Penguins in June for defenseman Alex Grant. The agitating winger will bring his sometimes reckless style of play to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after a somewhat eventful camp with Pittsburgh. Zolnierczyk’s camp moment came when he attempted a hit on Jack Skille of the Blue Jackets, but ended up falling on his head. During his two-year NHL career, Zolnierczyk has appeared in forty-four games and registered seven points.
Zach Sill had an impressive camp with Pittsburgh. He didn’t register any points, but made up for it in the faceoff circle. The twenty-five year old center won the majority of his faceoffs, including 82% against the Chicago Blackhawks on September 19. Sill is someone who seems to have been in the organization forever since signing as a free agent in 2011, but this camp has seen him make a strong improvement in being called-up in an injury situation later in the season.
Brian Dumoulin came to the Penguins in the Jordan Staal trade that also included Brandon Sutter. Dumoulin got injured in the first preseason game on September 15 in Columbus, and didn’t see any more game action in the preseason. In his first professional season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the 6’4’’ defenseman appeared in seventy-three games and put up twenty-four points.
Out of the three, Zolnierczyk is the only one who has to clear waivers before noon on Friday before reporting to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.