Columbus, Oh --- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was named to the NHL's First All-Star Team and defenseman Zach Werenski was selected to the NHL's All-Rookie Team, the club and NHL announced tonight at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft held in Las Vegas. Voting for both teams were conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.
Bobrovsky, 28, captured his second-career Vezina Trophy as the league's best netminder and was a finalist for the Hart Trophy after going 41-17-5 with a 2.06 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and seven shutouts in 63 games in 2016-17. He led the NHL in GAA and SV% while ranking third in wins and shutouts (tied). He joins Montreal's Carey Price, who recorded 44 wins and a .933 SV% in 2014-15, as the only netminders to win 40 games and earn a .930 SV% in a single season in NHL history. Along the way, he won 14-straight games from November 29 to January 3, tying the second-longest winning streak in NHL history. Bobrovsky was named the NHL's First Star for the month of December (12-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .939 SV%) and Second Star in March (9-1-1, 1.09 GAA, .967 SV%) and posted three-straight shutouts on March 2 vs. Minnesota, Mar. 5 at New Jersey and March 7 vs. New Jersey to tie a club record. He also made his NHL All-Star Game debut at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in January.
The Novokuznetsk, Russia native also won the Vezina Trophy and was named to the NHL's First All-Star Team in 2012-13 after going 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA, .932 SV% and four shutouts in 38 games. Since arriving in Columbus from the Philadelphia Flyers in a June 2012 trade, he has gone 139-84-20 with a 2.36 GAA, .923 SV% and 19 shutouts in 247 games.
Werenski, 19, finished as a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best first-year player. He led all rookie NHL defensemen in scoring with 11-36-47 with 14 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 78 games this past season. His point total also stood seventh in overall rookie scoring, was 13th among all NHL defensemen, set a franchise record for points by a rookie and was the second-highest total by a blueliner in club history (51-James Wisniewski, 2013-14). Historically, he tallied the sixth-most points by a teenage rookie defenseman in NHL history.
The Grosse Pointe, Michigan native is the fourth player to be named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in Blue Jackets history, joining defenseman Rostislav Klesla (2001-02), forward Rick Nash (2002-03) and goaltender Steve Mason (2008-09). Werenski was Columbus' first pick, eighth overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.