Wennberg has only one goal on 35 shots through 36 games this season, though he does have 16 assists. Wennberg has always been a playmaker first, even in his breakout campaign where he scored 13 goals and added 46 assists. However, his goal scoring is down even by his own standards. The Swede has a 2.9 shooting percentage which seems likely to improve, but the emergence of Pierre-Luc Dubois has led to Wennberg taking on a smaller role. We may have already seen his peak as a player.
Wennberg fashioned an assist during Thursday's 4-1 win over San Jose. Wennberg was a secondary distributor on Anthony Duclair's first-period tally that opened the scoring for the Blue Jackets. Wennberg hasn't been great through 12 games this year, as he's averaging a half-point per game and still in the hunt for that elusive first goal.
Wennberg notched two assists in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Colorado. Wennberg is quite adept at piling up assists, having tallied 154 helpers in 285 career games. Comparatively, he's only scored 33 goals over the same time period. One thing to keep an eye on moving forward is ice-time, with Wennberg averaging nearly four fewer minutes of action per game this season compared to last year.
Wennberg scored a goal and an assist in a 4-1 preseason victory against the Blackhawks on Tuesday. Cam Atkinson helped set up the Wennberg goal, and then Wennberg returned the favor, picking up an assist on an Atkinson marker in the third period. With both players looking to stay healthy and bounce back in 2018-19, it was great to see chemistry between the two this early. Wennberg scored eight goals and 35 points in 66 games last season. He had 13 goals and 59 points in 80 during the 2016-17 season.
Wennberg (upper body) returned to action Saturday and picked up an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to Washington in Game 5. He missed three games after a hit to the head from Tom Wilson. Wennberg has a point in each of the two playoff games he's played and the Jackets will be looking for him to pick up the pace in Game 6.
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