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.
Qualified by Columbus
DColumbus Blue Jackets
June 25, 2019
Werenski has received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
This was the obvious move for Columbus, as the Blue Jackets will now retain Werenski's rights. Expect the two sides to try to hammer out an extension, as Werenski has been a key piece for the Blue Jackets with 128 points in 237 career NHL appearances.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:54
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:27
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:17
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
20:55
2:47
0:45
2017–18
22:35
2:26
0:46
2018–19
22:54
2:27
1:17
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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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Joining Team USA
DColumbus Blue Jackets
May 13, 2019
Werenski was added to the Team USA roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, Jeff Svoboda of Jackets' Insider reports.
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Goldie Howe hat trick against Bolts
DColumbus Blue Jackets
April 12, 2019
Werenski scored a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- while adding two shots, a blocked shot, a hit, a five-minute fighting major and a plus-1 rating in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning in Game 2 of their first-round series.
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Returns after passing protocol
DColumbus Blue Jackets
March 31, 2019
Werenski underwent concussion protocol Sunday after being elbowed in the head by Jack Eichel during a 4-0 win over the Sabres, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports.
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Will be active Thursday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
March 28, 2019
Werenski (undisclosed) is good to go for Thursday's game against the Canadiens, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
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Fans seeking clarity on injury
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Undisclosed
March 27, 2019
Werenski sustained an (undisclosed) injury in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Islanders, but there was no official update available after the game, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
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