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Penguins send Sill back to Wilkes-Barre

| Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 4:57 p.m.

The Penguins sent center Zach Sill to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Thursday.

Sill did not produce a point in 20 NHL games, but the Penguins were pleased with his performance. Sill displayed physical prowess by fighting on two occasions, and he delivered a number of hits.

A penalty-killing specialist, Sill was placed in several crucial spots during his 20-game stint and responded favorably on each occasion.

Despite losing noted penalty killers like Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke in recent seasons — right wing Pascal Dupuis, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, was arguably the team's best penalty killer last season — the Penguins remain No. 1 in the NHL in killing penalties.

Sill has scored 32 goals in 273 career games in Wilkes-Barre.

The Penguins also announced that right wing Andrew Ebbett has been removed from injured reserve.

Ebbett has been out for almost two months since breaking an ankle while blocking a shot taken.

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jyohe@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.

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