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.
Impactful game after injury scare
DColumbus Blue Jackets
August 9, 2020
Werenski (upper body) had a goal on two shots while adding three hits and two PIM in Sunday's 3-0 win over Toronto in Game 5.
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Werenski left Game 4 with an undisclosed injury but was right back in the lineup Sunday after receiving apparently good news regarding an MRI. The 23-year-old opened the scoring just under seven minutes into the game when his point shot deflected off a Toronto defenseman and past goaltender Frederik Andersen. Werenski was able to log just under 23 minutes of ice time alongside Seth Jones on Columbus' top defensive pairing.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    23:59
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:44
  • 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
23:59
2:44
1:59
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Good to go for Game 5
DColumbus Blue Jackets
August 9, 2020
Werenski (upper body) will play in Sunday's Game 5 against the Maple Leafs, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Will undergo MRI
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
August 8, 2020
Werenski is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the upper-body injury he sustained during Saturday's Game 4 loss to Toronto, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
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Injured in third period of Game 4
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
August 7, 2020
Werenski (upper body) did not join the Blue Jackets on the bench during overtime in Game 4 versus the Maple Leafs, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
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Grabs helper Thursday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
August 6, 2020
Werenski notched an assist, five shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 3.
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Leads all rearguards in goals
DColumbus Blue Jackets
May 8, 2020
Werenski put up 41 points in 63 games prior to the league suspending play in mid-March.
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