Young fourth-line forward Zach Sill gets a lot of criticism. Why? Because he isn’t a goal scorer. Instead, he is a tough, forechecking, winger that plays well along the boards and can kill penalties. So he isn’t a scorer. Don’t the Penguins have enough of those already? Let Zach Sill be who he is, not the entertaining, stat-filling player that every hockey fan wishes every player was.
Grinders are a dying breed in the NHL. As the number of fights continue to decrease, the need for grinders has significantly gone down. After all, not a whole lot of fights occur in the playoffs. Well, Zach Sill is the new kind of grinder. His goal is not to agitate the other team. It is to be productive along the boards and be a two-way forward. And he does that well. The points will come. Maybe not 20-goal seasons, but eventually, he will score sufficient amounts of points. But he will always be a fourth-line mainstay for the Pens.
For the longest time, the Penguins have always had a need for one thing: A tough, checking forward that has the ability to play solid defense. Not somebody that just goes out and takes penalties. Somebody that will play a role in keeping the other team from scoring. Well, Zach Sill fills that need. Yeah, Craig Adams is there, but he can’t do it by himself, and he can’t create chances as well as Sill. Adams can kill penalties, but not much else. Zach Sill can do that, plus he is the best board player on the Penguins (aside from Sidney Crosby), and he can help create offensive chances. So it is about time Zach Sill gets some respect for who he is.