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2016-2017 Player Report Card: Alexander Wennberg

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Alexander Wennberg

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
2009-2010 Boo HC J18 J18 Div.2 - - - - -
Boo HC J20 J20 Div.2 - - - - -
2010-2011 Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Elit 22 8 12 20 2
Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 18 3 11 14 4
2011-2012 Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Elit 4 3 1 4 0
Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 6 1 1 2 4
Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 42 1 18 19 6
Djurgårdens IF SHL 1 0 0 0 0
Sweden U18 WJC-18 6 3 6 9 0
Sweden U18/19 WJAC-19 4 0 0 0 0
Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 16 8 6 14 0
2012-2013 Djurgårdens IF ET 4 0 0 0 2
Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 2 1 1 2 0
Djurgårdens IF Allsvenskan 46 14 18 32 14
Sweden U20 WJC-20 6 2 1 3 0
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 16 3 6 9 6
2013-2014 Frölunda HC SHL 50 16 5 21 8
Frölunda HC ET 7 2 4 6 2
Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 3 4 7 2
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 17 6 11 17 4
Sweden (all) International 4 0 3 3 2
2014-2015 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 68 4 16 20 22
Springfield Falcons AHL 6 0 3 3 12
2015-2016 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 69 8 32 40 2
Sweden WC 8 1 7 8 4
Sweden (all) International 11 1 7 8 4
2016-2017 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 80 13 46 59 21
Alexander Wennberg stats via Elite Prospects http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=37041

The Blue Jackets drafted Alexander Wennberg in the hope he could grow into a strong NHL center - and this season, he took some big steps towards not only fulfilling that promise, but stepping into the role of #1 Center that the team desperately needed after the departure of Ryan Johansen.

One of the “wishlist” items for the young Swede going into the 2016-2017 season was to see him shooting the puck more. As if to respond to the demands, Wennberg opened the Blue Jackets’ scoring in the first game on the season with a blistering snipe for the team’s first goal of the campaign. While he still tended to look for a setup pass, particularly on the power play, where he was an NHL leader in PP helpers all season, Wennberg was still able to put up 13 goals - a career high at the NHL level - and his overall scoring line in the regular season of 13-46-59 came in just a single point shy of a 20 point leap from the 2015-2016 season.

Beyond being one of the driving players behind the team’s offense this season - particularly during their stunning 16 game win streak - Wennberg also showed he could take on top line competition and deliver strong results in puck possession and defensive play as well. Ending the season with an 8.9 CORSI Rel. score and a 56.1 CorsiF percentage, the only area he still shows some weakness is faceoffs, as he still remains below 50% on draws at the dot.

Even though Wennberg was disappointingly quiet in the team’s brief playoff appearance against the Pens, it’s hard not to see his regular season as a massive success. Call it an A- for the regular season and a C for the playoffs.

If Wennberg can repeat this level of performance, or perhaps build even higher upon it, we’ll have a lot to look forward to.