The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Friday that they have signed Zach Aston-Reese to a professional tryout contract.
The 28-year-old forward spent six seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks in March of this year. The trade sent Rickard Rakell to the Penguins, with Anaheim acquiring Aston-Reese, Calle Clang and a 2022 second-round pick.
After a brief stint with the Penguins AHL affiliate (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) in 2016-17 following his fourth year of NCAA play at Northeastern University, Aston-Reese signed an entry-level contract for two years with the organization.
While starting the 2017-18 season as a minor, Aston-Reese was eventually called up to the NHL club, making his league debut against the New Jersey Devils on February 3, 2018.
Aston-Reese then signed another two-year contract with the team leading up to the 2019-20 season and a one-year contract ahead of 2021-22.
In 52 appearances with the Penguins last season he had 11 points and after being sent to the Ducks he had four more points in 17 games. In 230 career games, the Staten Island, NY native had 32 goals and 34 assists for a total of 66 NHL points.
Aston-Reese will be looking to secure a deep forward role with Toronto, a spot for which there will likely be plenty of competition.