Zach Werenski

#8 D / Columbus Blue Jackets / EXP: 1YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 209 lb Age: 20 College: Michigan

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  • Werenski scored his seventh goal of the season and added a helper in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes. Werenski had one of his best games of the season, firing five shots on goal in 28:12 of ice time. The multi-point effort snapped a four-game pointless drought for the blueliner, who now has 14 points in 25 games. He hasn't been as dangerous with the man advantage as he was last season, but the 20-year-old is still supplying offense at a terrific pace and is sporting a plus-7 rating. Werenski is only four goals away from matching his entire goal output from his rookie season, so take full advantage and get him in your lineup.

  • Werenski scored a second-period goal and logged 18:47 of ice time during Friday's 2-0 win over the Rangers. The 20-year-old defenseman has scored in consecutive games and now has three goals, three assists and 18 shots through his past eight outings. Head coach John Tortorella has encouraged Werenski to be more aggressive on the offensive attack, and his role as the power-play quarterback on the No. 1 unit also boosts his fantasy upside. Continue to roll with the sophomore confidently.

  • Werenski scored the overtime winner on his only shot in Tuesday's 2-1 win at Montreal. Werenski lit the lamp on the first overtime shot for either team, ending the contest 1:09 into the extra session. The talented blueliner's 11 points in 19 games put him on pace to replicate last year's rookie total of 47.

  • Werenski collected a pair of helpers in Thursday's blowout victory over the Panthers. The multi-point effort snapped a four-game scoreless drought for the youngster, who now has eight points in 13 contests. The power-play quarterback will always remain a must-own fantasy asset, but it's good to see him break out of that offensive slump. Look for more points to rack up for the 20-year-old, as he's been firing plenty of pucks on net and continues to log monstrous minutes in all situations.

  • Werenski has been instructed by Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella to be more aggressive on the attack, The Columbus Dispatch reports. "It just gives me the full green light to go offensive, take chances and be aggressive, stay up in the play," Werenski said. "I've kind of shied away from that the last few games, so I have to get back to it." The second-year blueliner has three goals and six points through 12 games this season but has been held off the scoresheet in the last three, although he has managed to put eight shots on net during his mini-slump. Werenski has more than enough skill and skating ability to lead the rush while still getting back to defend if necessary, so don't be surprised if he shows a lot more jump Thursday against the Panthers with his coach having giving him license to do what he does best.

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