TRURO - Zach Sill is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks after being cut by a skate blade during a recent game with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The 25-year-old native of Birch Hill, was cut on the wrist during a recent contest against the Norfolk Admirals when he and Nolan Yonkman got tangled up and fell to the ice. Sill needed surgery in Pittsburgh to repair the wound and some tendon issues, but the team reported there was no permanent damage.
The injury was a scare for Sill, who is having a career season. He was just returned to the Penguins on Jan. 23 following a 20-game call-up to the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, where he failed to record a point but saw valuable minutes on the penalty-killing unit as a fourth-liner and was popular in the dressing room.
Sill scored in his first game back in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was playing on the team's second line when he was injured.
In 16 games with the team this season, he has six points (3G, 3A) and holds a plus-5 rating.