Zach Werenski

Columbus Blue Jackets logo
Age 26 Jul 19, 1997
Grosse Pointe USA
Defense shoots left
6'2" 188 cm
214 lbs 97 kg
ELC Signing Age 18
Waivers Signing Age 19
UFA Year 2025
Agent Judd Moldaver
Draft Year 2015
Drafted Overall 8
Draft Round 1
Draft Team Columbus Blue Jackets logo

Transaction History
Mar 2, 2024 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski registered a pair of assists, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and a plus-4 rating in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Feb 22, 2024 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Feb 18, 2024 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski scored a goal on five shots and blocked three shots in Saturday's 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Jan 27, 2024 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski produced a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Jan 25, 2024 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski notched an assist, two shots on goal, two blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
Jan 25, 2024 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (ankle) has been activated off injured reserve and will return to the lineup Thursday versus Calgary, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Jan 22, 2024 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (ankle) isn't expected to play Tuesday versus Edmonton, but he could return to action as soon as Thursday against the Calgary Flames, Jeff Svoboda of the Columbus Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Dec 30, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (ankle) will miss the next 4-6 weeks, according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.
Dec 29, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski is officially week-to-week with an ankle injury, the team announced Friday.
Dec 29, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
Dec 28, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) is still being evaluated but is closer to week-to-week than day-to-day according to coach Pascal Vincent, per Jeff Svoboda of the Columbus Blue Jackets' official site.
Dec 27, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) won't return to Wednesday's game versus the New Jersey Devils.
Dec 20, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski produced two assists, one on the power play, while adding four blocked shots, two shots on net and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 9-4 rout of the Buffalo Sabres.
Dec 3, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski notched an assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Dec 1, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski notched a pair of power-play assists, three shots on goal, three blocked shots and two PIM in Friday's 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Nov 23, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski racked up four assists, one on the power play, in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nov 12, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski registered an assist, four shots on goal and four blocked shots in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers.
Nov 12, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski recorded an assist while adding four blocked shots, two shots on net, one hit and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Oct 20, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (quadriceps) returned to the lineup with an empty-net goal in Friday's 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames.
Oct 20, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (quadriceps) has been activated off injured reserve, putting him on track to return to action Friday versus the Calgary Flames.
Oct 20, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (quadriceps) is expected to be a game-time decision versus Calgary on Friday, Jeff Svoboda of the Columbus Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Oct 18, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (quadriceps) hopes to return for Friday's game versus Calgary, according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.
Oct 13, 2023 Philadelphia Flyers | Garnet Hathaway | Hathaway received a $5,000 fine from the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for kneeing Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Oct 13, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski was placed on injured reserve with a quad contusion Friday.
Oct 12, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski left Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to a quad contusion and won't return.
Oct 5, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski has zero points and 14 shots on goal through four preseason contests, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Jul 26, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (shoulder) feels 100 percent and will be ready for training camp, Jeff Svoboda of the Columbus Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Mar 3, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (shoulder) skated at practice Friday, Jeff Svoboda of the Columbus Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Dec 2, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski had successful shoulder surgery Tuesday.
Nov 15, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (shoulder) was put on the injured reserve list Tuesday, per Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda.
Nov 11, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski suffered a separated shoulder and torn labrum and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Nov 10, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Head coach Brad Larsen said Werenski's upper-body injury "is not good at all," indicating the defenseman could be out long-term, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Nov 10, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of Thursday's contest against the Philadelphia Flyers and will miss the rest of the game.
Nov 5, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski registered a power-play assist against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, but the Columbus Blue Jackets lost, 6-3.
Oct 23, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski scored a first-period goal Sunday, sparking the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-1 victory over the host Rangers.
Oct 13, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski picked up an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Oct 4, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Oct 3, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (illness) did not skate on Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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 the Tampa Bay Lightning 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 Ottawa 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 the San Jose Sharks, 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 Detroit 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 Boston Bruins.
Apr 4, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) will be in the lineup against the Boston 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 New York 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 New York 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 Minnesota 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 Winnipeg Jets.
Mar 17, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Ottawa 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 Toronto 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 the New Jersey Devils, per Dave Maetzold of Bally Sports Ohio.
Feb 27, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (upper body) won't play Sunday against the Pittsburgh 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 Florida Panthers and Friday versus the Carolina Hurricanes.
Feb 23, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski picked up two assists in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Feb 22, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Andrew Peeke | Peeke is 20th in the NHL in average ice time (24:44 per game) since being slotted alongside Zach Werenski on the Columbus Blue Jackets' top pairing, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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 Chicago 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 Calgary 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 New York Rangers.
Jan 8, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski cleared COVID-19 protocols Saturday and will play versus the New Jersey 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 Edmonton 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 Vegas 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 Arizona 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 Detroit Red Wings.
Oct 25, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski provided a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
Sep 23, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (abdomen) practiced with the Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Tampa Bay 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 Dallas 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 Detroit 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 Columbus Blue Jackets.
Feb 20, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) remains out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nashville 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 Nashville Predators, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Feb 15, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski will not be in the lineup against the Carolina Hurricanes 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 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and will play in Saturday's game against the Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Nashville Predators, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Feb 2, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets | Zach Werenski | Werenski says he plans to negotiate with the Columbus 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 Chicago 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 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.
2023-2024 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 48 4 32 36 5 18 873 56.20 49.50 2.50 48.60 1.50 0.21 1.72
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
2008-2009 Belle Tire QC Int PW 4 0 1 1 0
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 NTDP 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 NTDP 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
2022-2023 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 13 3 5 8 0 244 45.20 53.00 13.80 50.50 9.60 0.74 1.48
2023-2024 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 48 4 32 36 18 873 56.20 49.50 2.50 48.60 1.50 0.21 1.72
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 11.48% 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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Contract History

Signing Team Columbus Blue Jackets logo
Signing Date September 9, 2019
Signing Status RFA
Agent Pat Brisson
Qualifying Offer on Expiry $7,000,000
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
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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
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UFA Year