Zach Werenski Ties His Own Franchise Record With Goal No. 16, the OT Winner vs. Florida

By Rob Mixer on February 4, 2020 at 9:53 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (8) skates on the ice for being named a star of the game, after scoring the game winning goal against the St. Louis Blues in the overtime period at Nationwide Arena.
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It's quite possible – likely, perhaps – that we're watching Zach Werenski become even better than we thought he could be.

This season has been his most consistent at both ends of the ice, but the offensive side has been eye-popping. His overtime game-winning goal on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena was his 16th of the year, equaling his own franchise record (shared with Seth Jones) for goals in a season set in 2017-18.

There are 28 games to play.

Werenski's goal gives him 16 goals and 32 points in 47 games. The play he made in OT (see above) to shield the puck from Frank Vatrano, spin free and walk in on Sergei Bobrovsky is something only the elite have the sense (or confidence) to do. He's got four goals in his last two games against Bobrovsky, too, if you'll remember the hat trick performance on New Year's Eve.

Luckily for the Blue Jackets, Werenski is both elite and confident.