There is no doubt that Columbus Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Zach Werenski has had a fine rookie season. However we are not even to 2017 as of yet and Werenski already has a Blue Jackets franchise record.
On Tuesday evening in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins, Werenski recorded his 22nd point. It is the most points by a Blue Jackets rookie defenseman in a single season in franchise history.
Werenski, who has six goals and 16 assists, passed the Blue Jackets record set by as a rookie Ryan Murray in 2013-14. Murray had 21 points that season (four goals and 17 assists).
However it is definitely clear that Werenski has significantly more offensive potential than Murray when it comes to defense. Even though Murray had 21 points in his rookie season, he has had only 31 points combined over the last three seasons including only three points in 2016-17.
The Blue Jackets remain one of the biggest stories in the 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season. They now have won a franchise record 13 straight games and at 52 points lead the National Hockey League. However, they will have to be a little worried of the reigning Stanley Cup champions. The Pittsburgh Penguins are only one point back of the rising Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division.