2015 NHL Draft: Zach Werenski to Columbus Blue Jackets


The Columbus Blue Jackets select Zach Werenski with the 8th pick in the NHL Draft.

Werenski was a fantastic puck moving defenseman with the Michigan Wolverines this season.


What scouts are saying:

"“Smart and reliable two-way defenseman…shows skill at both ends of the ice…is a good skater with a smooth stride and fluid movements…handles the puck well with decent hand-skill, good strength and some elusiveness with it as he moves through the neutral zone…makes a great first pass and outlet…has good poise and vision with the puck on his stick…has a decent wrist shot, which he’ll take from the point…isn’t overly physical on defense and he needs to play tougher and meaner than he does…has good reach and he uses his stick well to take away lanes and force players wide and off the puck…poised on defense and recovers well” – Future Considerations"

"“A smooth-skating, puck-moving defenceman that has a strong understanding of the game. Excels in key situations and is able to execute under pressure. Possesses good vision and awareness on the ice; uses his abilities to put offensive and defensive pressure on the opposition. All-in-all, a very strong all-around defenceman that consistently brings his game every night.” – Elite Prospects"

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