The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forwards Zach Sill and Paul Thompson to one-year contracts, it was announced Tuesday by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Sill, 25, completed his fourth season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2012-13, tallying nine points on four goals and five assists in 57 regular-season games, and four points on two goals and two assists in 15 postseason games.
The 6-foot, 202-pound forward originally joined the organization as an undrafted free agent. Sill has registered 67 points (30G-37A) in 259 career AHL games with the Penguins, tallying an additional 11 points (6G-5A) in 43 career Calder Cup playoff games. Sill’s best season came in 2010-11 when he recorded career highs in games played (80), goals (11), assists (19), points (30) and rating (plus-16).
A Truro, Nova Scotia native, Sill played two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Moncton Wildcats from 2007-09. Sill appeared in 124 career regular season games during his two-year stint with the Wildcats, totaling 50 points on 27 goals and 23 assists. He added five points on four goals and one assist in 10 postseason games.
Thompson, 24, completed his second full season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2012-13, tallying 29 points on 20 goals and nine assists in 58 regular-season games. His 20 goals were good enough for fifth-most on the team, and third-most among players who spent the entire season with WBS. Thompson added six points on three goals and three assists in 15 playoff games.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound forward has played two-plus seasons with WBS since being signed as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2011. Thompson broke into the professional ranks with WBS near the end of the ’10-11 campaign, collecting three points (1G-2A) in six regular-season games and one helper in four postseason contests.
A Methuen, New Hampshire native, Thompson has tallied 57 points (31G-26A) in 131 AHL regular-season games, while adding 10 points (5G-5A) in 31 career postseason games.
Thompson played four years of collegiate hockey at New Hampshire from 2007-2011. The forward led Hockey East in points (58) during his senior season, and he finished second in the league with 28 goals. Thompson totaled 112 points on 57 goals and 55 assists in 140 career games with New Hampshire.
Thompson was named Hockey East Player of the Year while being named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and Hockey East All-Star Team during his senior season.
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