Zach Werenski
Zach Werenski
23-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Among active NHL defensemen, only Aaron Ekblad tallied more goals by his age-21 season than Werenski's 38, and Ekblad has a one-season head start, debuting at 18 instead of 19. Now a grizzled 22, Werenski has been a power-play stalwart for the Blue Jackets ever since he stepped on the ice, combining slick passing and excellent vision with an uncanny knack for getting his point shot through traffic and behind the goalie. He's also worked hard to develop the rest of his game, although last year's minus-12 rating was a step backwards from his first two seasons. Seth Jones is the unquestioned top dog on the Columbus blue line thanks to his all-around ability, but Werenski is the blueliner with highest pure offensive ceiling, and his best days remain ahead of him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Blue Jackets in September of 2019.
Picks up 19th goal of year
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 25, 2020
Werenski scored a goal on five shots in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota. He also logged a team-leading 26:41 of ice time.
ANALYSIS
Werenski tallied his first goal in the last five games, scoring with 3:06 remaining in regulation to pull the Blue Jackets to within 5-4. The goal was Werenski's 19th of the season, extending his career high, and gave him 38 points in 58 games. He can still challenge the career-high 47 points he had as a rookie in 2016-17.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    23:55
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:46
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:59
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
22:35
2:26
0:46
2018–19
22:54
2:27
1:17
2019–20
23:55
2:46
1:59
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
A lingering shoulder injury that eventually required offseason surgery prevented Werenski from building on his impressive rookie performance, but the 21-year-old was still able to make an impact with a career-high 16 goals. When he's healthy, he's a dynamic power-play quarterback and offensive threat at even strength, showing excellent passing skills and hockey IQ with a shot from the point that has an uncanny knack for finding its way through traffic. Werenski isn't a one-dimensional attacking player, though -- he's registered positive plus-minus ratings in both his NHL seasons and provides a calm, efficient presence in his own end. He's not as physical as his blue-line partner Seth Jones, but he doesn't need to be. His recovery from surgery could linger into the regular season and cause a slow start, but once he's 100 percent expect Werenski to enjoy a breakout campaign.
Werenski was a revelation as a teenager in his NHL debut last season, immediately stepping into the Blue Jackets lineup as their top offensive weapon on the blue line while holding his own as a defender. The eighth overall pick in 2015 displayed great vision and passing ability on the attack, as well as an uncanny knack for getting his shot through traffic from the point, and his presence was one of the key ingredients in a revitalized Columbus power play through the early part of the season. Expectations will be sky-high for the burgeoning superstar in 2017-18, but his talent and supporting cast should allow him to avoid a sophomore slump and top the 50-point mark.
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Helps out in overtime
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 24, 2020
Werenski posted an assist, four shots on goal and two blocked shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Senators.
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Registers 18th goal of year
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 16, 2020
Werenski scored a goal on a team-leading seven shots in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to New Jersey.
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Sets new club record in win
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 7, 2020
Werenski scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Red Wings.
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Fires home OT winner
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 4, 2020
Werenski scored his 16th goal of the season in overtime Tuesday to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 win over the Panthers.
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Collects assist
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 2, 2020
Werenski posted an assist, four shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
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