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Sport Chek Prospect Profile: Zach Werenski

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Vitals

  • Position: Defenseman
  • Date of birth: 7/19/1997
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6'2
  • Weight: 206 lbs
  • 2014-15 team: Michigan (BigTen)

Scouting Report

He's such a cool, calm and collected player. He's smart, always in the right spot, moves the puck and makes all the right plays. - Central Scouting’s Greg Rajanen

Profile

  • Werenski finished second among freshman defensemen and led all University of Michigan blueliners with 25 points (9-16—25) in 35 games. He was named to the All-Big Ten Hockey First Team and the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2014-15.
  • He became the youngest freshman to enroll at the University of Michigan in the Red Berenson era (since 1984-85), accelerating his course work in the summer prior to graduate from high school one year early.
  • In 2013-14, Werenski finished second among U.S. Under-17 Team defensemen in scoring with 27 points (7-20—27) in 47 games.
  • Internationally, Werenski won gold with the U.S. at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and represented his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
  • Models his style of play after University of Michigan alumni Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets.
  • Grew up on Lake St. Clair and enjoys spending time on the water.

Michigan's Werenski has mature game of older player

At the beginning of the year there was an adjustment period but luckily mine was pretty short. Playing against bigger, stronger and faster players from the start has helped. I'm just doing things out of habit right now. - Zach Werenski

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