Zach Werenski
Zach Werenski
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
Day-To-Day
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 2/25/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Werenski had another strong season in 2019-20, leading all defensemen with 20 goals while adding 21 assists, 13 power-play points and 187 shots on goal in 63 contests. The 23-year-old American is locked into a spot on Columbus' top pairing and first power-play unit, and although he likely won't be able to replicate his 10.7 shooting percentage from last season in 2020-21, he'll still be a lock for a double-digit goal, 40-plus point pace while averaging over two shots on net per contest. Werenski should be considered a top-15 option among defensemen heading into the upcoming campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Blue Jackets in September of 2019.
No-go against Chicago
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Lower Body
February 23, 2021
Werenski (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets.
ANALYSIS
Werenski will miss a fourth straight game Tuesday, and at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to return. Vladislav Gavrikov will likely continue to skate on Columbus' top pairing until Werenski's ready to return.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    24:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:21
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:44
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
22:54
2:27
1:17
2019–20
23:59
2:44
1:59
2020–21
24:01
2:21
1:44
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Still out Saturday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Lower Body
February 20, 2021
Werenski (lower body) remains out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Predators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Won't play Thursday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Lower Body
February 18, 2021
Werenski (lower body) isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Predators, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
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Aggravates lower-body injury
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Lower Body
February 15, 2021
Werenski will not be in the lineup against Carolina on Monday after reinjuring his lower-body problem, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to lineup in Chicago
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 13, 2021
Werenski (lower body) collected an assist with two blocks and one shot in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago.
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Back in action Saturday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 13, 2021
Werenski (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and will play in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
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