Zach Werenski
Zach Werenski
22-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry level contract with Columbus in March 2016.
Still goalless in 2019
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 11, 2019
Werenski picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Golden Knights.
ANALYSIS
Since lighting the lamp twice in a win over the Senators on Dec. 31, Werenski has been stuck on nine goals for the season, going 15 games without finding the back of the net. He's still picked up seven assists in that time, so he's maintaining a solid fantasy floor, but given his role on the Jackets' top power-play unit and knack for slipping shots through traffic, it seems only a matter of time before the young blueliner reaches double digits in goals for the third straight campaign.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:22
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:40
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:14
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
20:55
2:47
0:45
2017–18
22:35
2:26
0:46
2018–19
22:22
2:40
1:14
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Stays hot with two helpers
DColumbus Blue Jackets
January 10, 2019
Werenski tallied two assists -- one on the power play -- and added two shots during Thursday's 4-3 overtime win against the Predators.
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Pockets two goals
DColumbus Blue Jackets
December 31, 2018
Werenski scored a pair of goals on six shots in Monday's 6-3 victory over the Senators.
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Picks up assist
DColumbus Blue Jackets
December 24, 2018
Werenski had an assist in a 3-0 win over the Devils on Sunday.
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Scores only goal in loss
DColumbus Blue Jackets
November 4, 2018
Werenski's third-period marker was the only positive for his team in a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday.
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Dishes on two man-advantage goals
DColumbus Blue Jackets
October 26, 2018
Werenski doled out a pair of power-play assists in Thursday's 7-4 road win over the Blues.
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