Zach Werenski

Columbus Blue Jackets logo
Age 25 Jul 19, 1997
Grosse Pointe USA
Defense shoots left
6'2" 188 cm
212 lbs 96 kg
ELC Signing Age 18
Waivers Signing Age 19
UFA Year 2024
Agent Judd Moldaver
Draft Year 2015
Drafted Overall 8
Draft Round 1
Draft Team Columbus Blue Jackets logo

Transaction History
Jun 7, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (nose) will be ready for training camp in September, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Apr 28, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski sustained a broken nose and won't be available for the Jackets' final two games of the season, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports Thursday.
Apr 26, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) will be in action against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Apr 22, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Friday's game versus the Senators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Apr 19, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) won't be available for Tuesday's game against San Jose, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Apr 17, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) will not return to Sunday's tilt with Anaheim.
Apr 9, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski dished out three assists to go with six shots on goal and five blocked shots in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings.
Apr 5, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski scored his 11th goal of the season in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins.
Apr 4, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) will be in the lineup against the Bruins on Monday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Mar 30, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) won't travel with the team for its upcoming two-game road trip, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Mar 29, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) won't play Tuesday versus the Islanders, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Mar 28, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski is considered day-to-day due to his upper-body injury ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Islanders, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Mar 26, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) won't return to Saturday's game versus the Wild.
Mar 25, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski recorded a power-play assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and a minus-2 rating in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
Mar 17, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Senators.
Mar 7, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski posted an assist, three shots on goal and two blocked shots in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Mar 4, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) will participate in Friday's tilt versus Los Angeles, per Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda.
Mar 1, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) will not participate in Tuesday's game against New Jersey, per Dave Maetzold of Bally Sports Ohio.
Feb 27, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) won't play Sunday against the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Feb 24, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski is dealing with an upper-body injury and will miss games Thursday versus the Panthers and Friday versus the Hurricanes.
Feb 23, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski picked up two assists in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs.
Feb 17, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski notched two assists, three shots on goal, two blocked shots, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Blackhawks.
Feb 15, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski scored a goal on three shots and went minus-3 in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Flames.
Jan 27, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski dished out three assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Rangers.
Jan 8, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski cleared COVID-19 protocols Saturday and will play versus the Devils, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Jan 4, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (COVID-19) was officially designated for the league's protocols Tuesday.
Jan 3, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski missed practice Monday after testing positive for COVID-19 and was retesting, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Dec 16, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski managed an assist and eight shots on goal in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Oilers.
Nov 20, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski supplied a pair of assists, fired six shots on goal, blocked three shots, doled out two hits and added two PIM in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
Nov 18, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski scored a goal on three shots, dished an assist and blocked two shots in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over the Coyotes.
Nov 15, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski scored a goal on three shots, blocked three shots and went plus-2 in Monday's 5-3 win over the Red Wings.
Oct 25, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski provided a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-1 win over Dallas.
Sep 23, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (abdomen) practiced with the Blue Jackets on Thursday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Jul 29, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (abdomen) signed a six-year, $57.5 million extension with the Blue Jackets on Thursday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Apr 9, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski is set to undergo surgery to address an inguinal/sports hernia and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 campaign. The 24-year-old blueliner has also been placed on injured reserve.
Mar 30, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski notched an assist and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Lightning.
Mar 13, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski scored the game-winner in overtime and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Stars.
Mar 2, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.
Feb 25, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's clash with Chicago, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Feb 23, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets.
Feb 20, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) remains out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Predators, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Feb 18, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Predators, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Feb 15, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski will not be in the lineup against Carolina on Monday after reinjuring his lower-body problem, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Feb 13, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) collected an assist with two blocks and one shot in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago.
Feb 13, 2021 Activated Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and will play in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Feb 12, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) is set to return against the Blackhawks on Saturday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Feb 6, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Feb 6, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's game against the Predators, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Feb 2, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski says he plans to negotiate with the Blue Jackets on a long-term contract when he becomes a restricted free agent after the 2021-22 season, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Jan 29, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski notched a power-play helper and two shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.
Jan 21, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski has yet to score a point through four games to begin the season.
Dec 17, 2019 Activated Columbus Blue Jackets | activated D Zach Werenski from injured reserve.
Sep 9, 2019 Columbus Blue Jackets | re-signed D Zach Werenski to a three-year, $15 million contract.
Mar 29, 2016 Columbus Blue Jackets | signed D Zachary Werenski to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2021-2022 Regular Season Stats

Zach Werenski
GP G A P +/- PIM TOI GF% DFF% Rel DFF% CF% Rel CF% G60 P60
Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets logo 68 11 37 48 -15 22 1,319 40.70 45.60 1.70 49.90 3.40 0.27 1.00
Zach Werenski Stats by Elite Prospects Zach Werenski Advanced Stats by
Career Stats
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM TOI GF% DFF% Rel DFF% CF% Rel CF% G60 P60 Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2009-2010 Belle Tire 13U AAA T1EHL 13U 31 16 19 35 10
2010-2011 Belle Tire 14U AAA T1EHL 14U 27 10 15 25 8
2011-2012 Belle Tire 16U AAA T1EHL 16U 35 8 20 28 18
2012-2013 Little Caesars 18U AAA HPHL 18U 28 7 14 21 18
2013-2014 U.S. National U17 Team USDP 47 7 24 31 42
2013-2014 USNTDP Juniors USHL 35 6 13 19 17
2013-2014 USA U17 WHC-17 6 0 1 1 0
2013-2014 U.S. National U18 Team USDP 4 1 0 1 0
Draft Yr 2014-2015 Univ. of Michigan NCAA 35 9 16 25 8
Draft Yr 2014-2015 USA U20 WJC-20 5 1 1 2 2
2015-2016 Univ. of Michigan NCAA 36 11 25 36 20
2015-2016 USA U20 WJC-20 7 2 7 9 4
2015-2016 Cleveland Monsters AHL 7 1 0 1 0 Playoffs 17 5 9 14 0
2016-2017 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 78 11 36 47 14 1,274 57.89 51.19 0.37 54.03 4.50 0.24 0.94 Playoffs 3 1 0 1 0
2017-2018 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 77 16 21 37 16 1,419 57.39 53.71 1.75 54.14 3.43 0.42 0.97 Playoffs 6 1 2 3 0
2018-2019 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 82 11 33 44 18 1,492 48.55 49.35 -3.14 50.90 1.12 0.32 1.01 Playoffs 10 1 5 6 0
2018-2019 USA WC 2 0 0 0 0
2019-2020 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 63 20 21 41 10 1,139 56.50 53.10 1.60 50.50 2.60 0.53 1.05 Playoffs 10 1 2 3 0
2020-2021 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 35 7 13 20 13 665 49.10 48.90 2.90 50.30 6.10 0.54 1.26
2021-2022 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 68 11 37 48 22 1,319 40.70 45.60 1.70 49.90 3.40 0.27 1.00
Zach Werenski Stats by Elite Prospects | Zach Werenski Advanced Stats by

Active Contract

Signing Team Columbus Blue Jackets logo
Signing Date July 29, 2021
Signing Status RFA
Agent Judd Moldaver
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Potential Lockout Year
Standard Contract | 6 Years $57,500,000 11.62% of cap space
2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026 2026-2027 2027-2028
Cap Hit $9,583,333 $9,583,333 $9,583,333 $9,583,333 $9,583,334 $9,583,334
UFA
AAV $9,583,333 $9,583,333 $9,583,333 $9,583,333 $9,583,334 $9,583,334
Performance Bonuses $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Base Salary $8,000,000 $10,000,000 $9,500,000 $7,500,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Signing Bonuses $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000
Total Salary $10,000,000 $12,000,000 $11,500,000 $9,500,000 $7,250,000 $7,250,000
Minors Salary $10,000,000 $12,000,000 $11,500,000 $9,500,000 $7,250,000 $7,250,000
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No Move Clause; Modified Trade Clause - 2027-28 season – 10 team trade list

Contract History

Signing Team Columbus Blue Jackets logo
Signing Date September 9, 2019
Signing Status RFA
Agent Pat Brisson
Standard Contract | 3 Years $15,000,000 6.13% of cap space
2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Cap Hit $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000
RFA
AAV $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Performance Bonuses $0 $0 $0
Base Salary $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $7,000,000
Signing Bonuses $0 $0 $0
Total Salary $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $7,000,000
Minors Salary $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $7,000,000
Clauses
UFA Year
Signing Team Columbus Blue Jackets logo
Signing Date March 29, 2016
Agent Pat Brisson
Entry Level Contract | 3 Years $2,775,000 1.27% of cap space
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Cap Hit $925,000 $925,000 $925,000
RFA
AAV $1,775,000 $1,775,000 $1,775,000
Performance Bonuses $850,000 $850,000 $850,000
Base Salary $832,500 $832,500 $832,500
Signing Bonuses $92,500 $92,500 $92,500
Total Salary $925,000 $925,000 $925,000
Minors Salary $70,000 $70,000 $70,000
Clauses
UFA Year