2010-11: Zach Sanford played for Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire and was named 3rd team All-State as a sophomore.
2011-12: Sanford was named the New Hampshire High School Player of the Year as Pinkerton Academy captured the state championship. The junior scored 36 goals with 33 assists in 21 games as the Astros finished 19-2, defeating Manchester Memorial, 3-2, in the championship game.
2012-13: Sanford skated for the Middlesex Islanders (formerly the New England Junior Monarchs) in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, foregoing his senior season at Pinkerton Academy. Skating primarily alongside Yale recruits Chris Izmerlian and Michael Doherty, he scored 12 goals with 24 assists and had 22 penalty minutes in 37 games. The Islanders reached the EJHL playoff finals – falling to the New Jersey Hitmen in a best of three series. Sanford scored 4 goals with 4 assists and had 8 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. In February he committed to playing hockey at Boston College in 2014-15. Rated 83rd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, Sanford was rated 60th in the final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
Sanford is a raw but talented prospect with good size at 6’3 and a knack for puck movement. His playmaking skills and vision are exceptional for his level and he often elevates the play of those around him. He isn’t overly strong and could stand to pack on some muscle to his rather lanky frame. His skating could also use some work. Nonetheless he possesses an intriguing package of both skill and size.
Zach will spend the next season in the EJHL with the Islanders Hockey Club. From there he will move onto Boston College in 2014-15. Capitals fans will have to wait a while to see him compete at more difficult level. Moving forward though he is a potential top-six or top-nine player due to his skillset.