The Columbus Blue Jackets 2015 1st round pick is off to a blistering points pace to start his career.
The 2015 NHL Draft will go down as one of the best draft classes ever. Led by Connor McDavid, the class already has seven players who have broke the 100 point mark. In last night’s Calgary matchup, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski became the seventh member with a goal in the first period.
Werenski, 21, becomes the second fastest defenseman in franchise history to score 100 points with the Jackets in his career, accomplishing the feat in only 182 games. Seth Jones barely beat out Z as Jones racked up 100 points in his first 178 games in his tenure with Columbus.
Werenski’s feat is even more impressive considering he played much of the 2017-2018 season with a torn labrum that severely hampered his play. If Zach was healthy last year, he would have likely broke the record last season or, at the latest, in October of this season.
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The goal that broke the record came at 9:47 of the first period. It was quickly forgot though in the chaos of the Jackets 9-6 loss that also saw a Cam Atkinson hat trick. It was Z’s fifth goal of the year and already his 16th point of the season. He is back to the scoring pace he set in his rookie season when he posted 47 points and finished third in the Calder Trophy race.
Even though he is only in his third year with the Jackets, Werenski is already 33rd on the all time Columbus Blue Jackets scoring list. If he ends the year with 48 points (the current pace he is on) he will already be 26th in franchise scoring (assuming Panarin finishes the year with the Jackets and David Savard scores one more point this year).
The next member of the franchise to break 100 career points is looking like Ryan Murray, Josh Anderson or Pierre-Luc Dubois. Murray currently has 87 points as a member of the organization while forward Josh Anderson has 79 and PLD has 73.
Congratulations once again to Zach Werenski on this big milestone that was glossed over in the tough loss to Calgary. It won’t be too much longer until were writing about his 200th career point.