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Middle-pairing upside with a chance at producing at a decent clip. Needs work defensively but has NHL potential.


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October 2020 – After a season that never even had a chance to really get going, Wolanin will look to get back on track. Playing 12 total games in 2019-20, the biggest development in his year was the recovery from a torn labrum and was back on the ice. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the plans with everyone else having another year of development that he missed out on. Wolanin is certainly a capable NHLer when healthy but he will need to show he’s back to full force in order to earn an NHL job. Tony Ferrari 

February 2020 – He’s back! Wolanin has been assigned to the Belleville Senators to try to earn his way back to the big club. The 2019 AHL all-star is recovered from surgery as the result of his shoulder injury, suffered in training camp. He will likely earn at least some time in the NHL at some point this year but his real shot will come in the fall when he looks to earn a spot on the Senators’ defensive corps. His addition to the Belleville squad should be a welcome addition for the AHL powerhouse and North Division leaders. Tony Ferrari 

January 2020 – Christian Wolanin will practice with the team on January 15th for the first time since tearing his labrum in training camp. There is still no concrete time table for his return but he is getting to the four-month mark that generally comes with the recovery process. A return in late January or early February is possible for the Senators’ defender who will be a welcome addition to a backend that has lacked talent at times this season. Tony Ferrari

September 2019 – The projected top-six defender on the Senators tore his labrum in an informal skate. He had a successful surgery and will be out for four months minimum. This is a blow to the Senators already thin blueline but Wolanin can act as a midseason addition to the team as they begin to ship out spare parts at the trade deadline. Wolanin will likely have a slow start once returning and can’t reasonably be expected to be fully healthy until the summer and next year’s training camp. Tony Ferrari

March 2019 – Wolanin has continued his offensive growth since leaving the University of North Dakota. He has been a stalwart on the blue line for Belleville, averaging .875 points per game. In his brief stint in Ottawa, he was on pace for a respectable 34 points. Wolanin certainly needs to increase his defensive awareness and ability in his own end. He is sure to be a major building block for the Senators going forward. As far as fantasy upside, he projects as a second-pairing defenceman who can play the power play in a pinch. Jordan Deshane

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

Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 17, 1995
Height 6‘1”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 4; Overall: 107


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Detroit Jr. Red Wings QC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2009-2010 Little Caesars 14U AAAT1EHL 14U31 6 1218 34|        
 2010-2011 Little Caesars 16U AAAT1EHL 16U34 13 1326 30|        
 2011-2012 Little Caesars 18U AAAHPHL 18U22 3 1013 28|Playoffs7 1 34
 2012-2013 Green Bay GamblersUSHL54 0 88 70|Playoffs4 1 01
 2013-2014 Green Bay GamblersUSHL23 1 45 30|        
  Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL32 5 1621 44|        
 2014-2015 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL56 14 2741 107|Playoffs12 3 58 20 
  USA U19WJAC-194 0 44 4|        
 2015-2016 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA32 4 1115 20|        
 2016-2017 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA37 6 1622 37|        
 2017-2018 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA40 12 2335 50|        
  Ottawa SenatorsNHL10 1 23 0|        
 2018-2019 Ottawa SenatorsNHL30 4 812 6|        
  Belleville SenatorsAHL40 7 2431 24|        
  USAWC6 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Ottawa SenatorsNHL3 0 00 0|        
  Belleville SenatorsAHL9 1 01 7|        
 2020-2021 Ottawa SenatorsNHL- - -- -|