Christian Wolanin

Ottawa Senators
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Fantasy Summary

Bottom pairing defender who can produce if he shores up his defensive game.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 17, 1995
Height 6‘01”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 4; Overall: 107

Observations

April 2018 – Wolanin finished his third and, as it turned out, final year in college atop the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in scoring. He led the squad with 23 assists and 35 points, five points clear of his next closest teammate. Conference wide he was third in defenseman scoring, second in goals with 12, tied for the lead in powerplay goals with eight, and fourth in assists. Electing to forego his senior season in college, Wolanin signed his entry-level deal with the Senators when the season ended for the Fighting Hawks. He suited up for 10 games for the Senators and did not look overwhelmed, averaging better than 14 and a half minutes per game, scoring once and adding a pair of helpers. After Chabot, he might have the best offensive skill set among blueliners in the organization. He makes for an intriguing deep sleeper option for the fall. Brad Phillips

November 2017 – Wolanin has been someone of a minor revelation for the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota. With no one at the level of a Brock Boeser or Tyson Jost in Grand Forks this year, Wolanin has carried the mail offensively. The junior defender is well on his way to establishing new career highs in every offensive category. Through 14 games he has 12 points, leads the team in assists, points, points-per-game and ranks tied for seventh in the NCAA in defensive scoring. At this rate it looks like he won’t need a senior year in college.Brad Phillips

June 2017 – With the departure of Troy Stetcher and Paul LaDue, Wolanin saw a big increase in role and responsibility with corresponding production to match. In 37 2016-17 games, the sophomore scored six times and added 16 assists, including a team high 10 powerplay assists serving as the QB on the top unit. Wolanin gets around the ice well and packs some intriguing offensive upside but still has some work to do on the defensive side of the puck. Brad Phillips

 

December 2015 – Christian Wolanin, the son of former NHL defenseman and third overall pick Craig Wolanin, has been one of the biggest surprises for the University of North Dakota. Through 16 games he has three goals and five assists, all at even strength, which places him third among UND d-men in scoring and tied for first in goals. Two of his three goals were of the game winning variety which is tops for freshmen D and tied for third among all freshman players. He’s really come on as late with a recent span of eight points in 10 games. Brad Phillips

 

July 2015 – The twice undrafted University Of North Dakota commit went from a deep Green Bay team to a weaker Muskegon team via trade during the 2013-2014 season. The trade noticeably spiked his production as in his 81 games with Green Bay he only posted 14 points, with only two goals, but in his first 32 with Muskegon he had 21 points; he followed that up with a 17 goal 49 point year in 2014-2015 across 68 regular season and playoff games without losing his mean streak racking up 127 PIMs. He’s got all the tools to be an all-around defenseman and ate minutes in the USHL last year. Plans on taking only three years at the University Of North Dakota however to do so will need to take summer courses which will cause him to miss development camps as he did in 2015. – Benjamin Gallant


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Little Caesars Bantam Major AAA T1EBHL 31 6 12 18 34 |          
 2010-2011 Little Caesars U16 T1EHL U16 34 13 13 26 30 |          
 2011-2012 Little Caesars U18 HPHL U18 22 3 10 13 28 | Playoffs 7 1 3 4
 2012-2013 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 54 0 8 8 70 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
 2013-2014 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 23 1 4 5 30 |          
  Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 32 5 16 21 44 |          
 2014-2015 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 56 14 27 41 107 | Playoffs 12 3 5 8 20 
  USA U19 WJAC-19 4 0 4 4 4 |          
 2015-2016 Univ. of North Dakota NCAA 32 4 11 15 20 |          
 2016-2017 Univ. of North Dakota NCAA 37 6 16 22 37 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of North Dakota NCAA 40 12 23 35 50 |          
  Ottawa Senators NHL 10 1 2 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Belleville Senators AHL - - - - - |          

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