Zach Sanford

by Pat Quinn on February 28, 2017

 

 

Zach Sanford - LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Born: 1994-11-09

Hometown: Auburn, NH

Drafted: 2013 by Washington, 61st overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

February 2017 - Sanford has been traded to the St. Louis Blues as a part of the Kevin Shattenkirk trade. Sanford may seem like a throw in but he was seen as a future second / third liner for the Capitals organization. Sanford did slow down only registering four goals in 12 January games after registering nine points in nice December games. In four February games he registered three points and he was called up to the Capitals to fill in for the injured Burakovsky as he fits in perfectly on the third line. Sanford is the most NHL ready prospect on the Capitals and should be able to fit into the Blues system. The problem becomes that the Blue and Capitals are all kind of full up front in the top nine, so Sanford will need to impress during the off season to make an impact for the 2017-2018 season. Pat Quinn

 

December 2016 – Sanford was not given the best opportunity to produce when first making the Capitals roster as he was stapled to a bottom six spot with struggling Capitals players. He was scratched at times but that goes with the territory for most Trotz coached rookies, and is not as bad as it sounds with young players. Ultimately with one assist in 19 games Sanford was sent back down to the Hershey Bears to get him top line minutes and build his confidence back up. Six games in to his AHL season and he has three points and is averaging two shots per game. It would be better for his development to get top line time in the AHL for the rest of the season and come back strong for training camp next year, but he will likely be up and down all season to gain NHL experience. 

Update: Sanford registered a four point night on December 11, 2016, bringing his total to seven points in six games. Pat Quinn

 

October 2016 - Sanford has officially made the Capitals after routinely impressing Head Coach Barry Trotz during training camp. As of the final pre-season game he was lining up beside Eller and Johansson and that is where he will be expected to start the season. He may get some second powerplay time and some penalty killing time as he excelled at both during exhibition play. Sanford was so good to management he beat out Vrana, Barber, Boyd, and forced the Capitals to waive Stan Galiev, but a lot of that can be added to the Capitals realizing he can play bottom six minutes without hurting his future development. Expect low to modest point totals this year from Sanford, but he may get a few chances to climb the depth hart as well. Pat Quinn

 

July 2016 - UPDATE: As of two days ago (July 11) Sanford signed a three year entry level deal with the Capitals and will not be reporting to Boston College as he previously stated. The Capitals made a push to sign him after the 2016 NHL Draft and have him start playing professionally earlier than anticipated, something the 21 year old agreed with. He will likely spend a majority of the season in the AHL playing for the Bears, however a 14th roster spot is open on the NHL club as they want to rotate in the younger players. Sanford will at least get a small sample of the NHL game this upcoming season. Pat Quinn

 

July 2016 - Sanford finished his season at Boston College third on the team in points with 39 points in 41 games. He was relied upon more in a scoring role then he was the previous season. As well he bagen to grow into his large frame, and started to put together how to use his size to his advantage. Sanford has confirmed he will play next season back at Boston College for his third season where he will continue to be a focal point of the teams offense. Pat Quinn

 

Nov 2015 – Sanford currently has seven points in six games for Boston College in the NCAA, and almost doubling his goal total from last season with four. He is one of the top players for Boston College as they plan to lean on his offense to help the team this season. Pat Quinn

 

Aug 2015 – Sanford finished the year with 24 points in 38 games for Boston College. It may look disappointing but he finished fifth on the team in points, only four points behind the leader. He still is having trouble playing up to his size in the NCAA, 6-4 and 192 lbs, but he does have the play making abilities. As a 20-year old next season he should stand out for Boston College since he is signed to play there for the 2015-2016 season. Pat Quinn

 

February 2015 – Sanford has picked up his point pace of late but still has consistency issues. For a player who is used to scoring goals he has struggled this year with only five in 32 games, but he does have 16 assists tying him for second place on the team with one other player. He also sits tied for fourth on a pretty good Boston College team. He is learning to use his size to his advantage, albeit slowly. Pat Quinn

 

November 2014 –November 2014 – Sanford is currently playing for the high powered Boston College Eagles, along with top 2015 prospect Noah Hanifin and Wild pick Alex Tuch, as a freshman. He currently has six points in nine games, all assists. He has started out pretty inconsistent, but that is generally to be expected from a freshman who is still growing into his 6’4” frame.  Pat Quinn

 

July 2014 – After putting up 20 points in 24 games Sanford slowed down to the tune of 15 points in 28 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. However that was more due to the rigors of a tougher league, missing time due to injury and his adapting to the longer season. Although he was ninth in points he finished first among forwards in pims and fifth on the team in shots, leading to a potential of a strong multi-cat player down the road. He rebounded and put up 12 points in 12 playoff games as his team lost three games to two in the finals. He is committed to Boston College for 2014-15. Pat Quinn

 

December 2013 - Sanford now has 20 points in 24 games for the Black Hawks this season. Nathan Kanter

 

October 2013- Sanford is a young, skilled winger who was drafted straight out of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL), a growing Tier III Junior A league based in the Northeastern United States. Typically, players graduate from the EJHL (Tier III) to the USHL (Tier I) before being drafted but the Caps were obviously very high on Sanford and took him in the 2nd round (they also traded up picks to get him). Sanford has joined the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL this season, one of the premier teams in the league, and has already posted six points in seven games. The kid is only 18 and has lots of promise, bit is clearly still very raw. His biggest attributes are his speed and his work in the corners, as he knows how to use his large frame to protect the puck. Sanford has committed to Boston College for the 2014-15 season.

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Sanford has an ability to be strong on the puck, set up a play, and score goals. Just do not expect it all right away, as it will take some time for him to grow into the middle six point range.

 

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