(D): DOB: 7/19/97. 6’2, 185 lbs. Shoots right. A truly talented and dominant player. Is the youngest member of his team (he is a ’97 birth year amongst ’96’s) but plays beyond his years. Possesses outstanding hockey sense and the game, on occasion, seems effortless for him. An offensive defenseman with fluid footwork and a great deal of athleticism. Sees the ice extremely well. Holds a lethal touch and patience with the puck and can hit his mark with it. Fires a quick and accurate shot. Has pro size and uses it well to smother the play and grind players off of the puck. Shows ‘flashes’ of an appetite for the big hit and has been known to absolutely devastate bodies in open ice. He at times becomes less focused and urgent about his defensive responsibilities and falls out of position, leaving him to chase and rely on his long reach. Has to use his lateral agility and size on a more consistent and aggressive basis.
Zachary Werenski, #13 Detroit Belle Tire – Boys U16
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