Wennberg scored in overtime and added an assist in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Wild. He effectively bunted in the winner on a rebound that caromed up into his stomach, accounting for his only shot on goal in the game, and also racked up a plus-3 rating. Wennberg is showing plenty of early chemistry with Artemi Panarin on the Blue Jackets' top line, and the center now has five points (one goal and four assists) through five games.
Wennberg recorded two assists -- one on the power-play -- during Friday's 5-0 win over the Islanders. The 23-year-old pivot is coming off a career year, so kick-starting 2017-18 with a multi-point showing is encouraging. However, it's definitely worth noting that there are a few shortcomings in Wennberg's fantasy profile. To start, he is a low-volume shooter and pass-first center, so he doesn't project to provide much help in the goals or shots columns. Additionally, he cooled down the stretch last year with just seven points through his final 20 games compared to his 52 points over the first 60 contests of the season. Still, Wennberg is locked in as the top offensive center for the Blue Jackets, and his exceptional vision and passing ability will make him a serviceable asset in the majority of settings.
Wennberg (personal), who was dealing with visa issues, is expected to arrive in Columbus on Monday, per Aaron Portzline of The Athletic. Fantasy owners panicking about Wennberg's availability can breath easy now that he is back in town. Sitting out a few training camp sessions should have minimal effect on the center's preparation for the 2017-18 campaign. The team may opt to hold him out of Tuesday's preseason outing versus Chicago, but he should slot into his usual first-line role sooner rather than later.
Wennberg may be a "few" days late to camp due to a passport issue, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. A few days of missed practice shouldn't affect Wennberg's ability to be fully ready for the start of the regular season, and the 22-year-old pivot should be back with his teammates in time for their first preseason contest, which is scheduled for Oct. 19 against the Blackhawks. Wennberg, who recently inked a six-year, $29.4 million contract with the Blue Jackets, could be in for a career year in 2017-18.
Wennberg signed a six-year, $29.4 million contract with the Blue Jackets on Friday. Wennberg had his best season as a pro in 2016-17, setting career highs in goals (13), assists (46) and power-play points (23) while registering a plus-9 rating over 80 games. The 22-year-old pivot should only continue to improve over the next few seasons, and he'll remain a key component of Columbus' top-six forward group and first power-play unit for the duration of his deal, which will keep him with the Blue Jackets through the 2022-23 campaign. The Swede could easily break through the 60-point threshold in 2017-18, making him a desirable option in all fantasy formats.
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