#8 – Zach Werenski, LD – Michigan, Big-10 NCAA

TSN – #11
Central Scouting – #9 NAS
ISS – #11
Craig Button – #7
McKeens – #10
THN – #9

NHL COMPARABLE: Cam Fowler

UPSIDE: Top-3 Two-way D-Man

Zach Werenski flies somewhat under the radar, a bit like my comparable did during his draft year by most, especially with the Top D available in this draft but he’s absolutely a sure-fire top-10 pick, in my opinion. When you combine the fact that he’s a great skater and excellent puck mover, two qualities that are at a premium in today’s NHL, with his size and ability to read plays, he’ll hear his name called before long at the draft. His defensive game could use some improvements but that’s more of a normal part of his development rather than a flaw. It’s a coachable thing and I have no doubts he’ll get where he needs to be. Great pick for whoever drafts him and like Fowler who was highly rated and dropped a little, Werenski is going to have a big impact on an NHL team sooner rather than later.

REFERENCE via HF BOARDS

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