Harry Zolniercyzk has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Zolnierczyk, who most will recognize from his stint with the state rival Philadelphia Flyers, comes to the Penguins after his rights were acquired from the Anaheim shortly after the end of the NHL season. At 25, Zolnierczyk made his way to the NHL out of the NCAA’s Brown University, where he captained the team in his final year of NCAA eligibility.
In his fourth and final season with Brown, Zolnierczyk was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, and earned himself a deal with the Adirondack Phantoms. In 16 games with the Phantoms in 2010-11, the Toronto, Ont., native tallied three goals and two assists and added 37 PIM.
The 5’11” winger has only appeared in 44 NHL games over his career, and will have a difficult time cracking what is — on paper — one of the deepest lineups in the big leagues. Zolnierczyk will likely continue his AHL career and start his season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 116 AHL games, Zolnierczyk has tallied 22 goals and 23 assists.
(Cover image by Bridget Samuels)