Christian Wolanin

Hometown:

Quebec City Quebec

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-03-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (107th overall), 2015

Weight:

183 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Christian Wolanin skated for the Little Caesars U16 team in Michigan. He scored 13 goals with 13 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 34 games. Wolanin was selected by Plymouth in the 13th round (253rd overall) in the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Wolanin played for the Little Caesars U18 team in his second season with the club. He scored 3 goals with 10 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 22 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 3 assists in seven playoff games. Wolanin was selected by Green Bay in the second round (30th overall) in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.

2012-13: Wolanin played in 54 regular season games and four playoff contests for the defending Clark Cup champion Green Bay Gamblers in his first USHL season. He had 8 assists and was +3 with 70 penalty minutes during the regular season. The Gamblers finished second to eventual champion Dubuque in the Eastern Conference and lost to third-place Youngstown in a playoff quarterfinal series. Wolanin scored 1 goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

2013-14: Wolanin returned to Green Bay for his second USHL season, skating in 23 games with the Gamblers before being acquired by Muskegon as part of a multi-player trade in December 2013 that sent Sabres’ prospect Connor Hurley to Green Bay. In 55 regular season games with the two teams he scored 6 goals with 20 assists and was -6 with 74 penalty minutes. Muskegon finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Green Bay for the final playoff spot.

2014-15: Wolanin had a breakout season as a 19-year-old in his third USHL season, leading Muskegon in penalty minutes while leading all Lumberjacks defensemen with 41 points. He played for the USA U19 team at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge and was named to the all-tournament team after the USA captured a gold medal. An assistant captain for Muskegon, he scored 14 goals with 27 assists and was +14 with 107 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games. The Lumberjacks were fourth in the Eastern Conference and reached the Clark Cup finals, falling to Sioux Falls. Wolanin scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +1 with 20 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. He had 4 assists and 4 penalty minutes in four games at the 2014 WJAC. The USA defeated Denmark 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game. In October 2014 Wolanin committed to playing college hockey at the University of North Dakota in 2015-16. Not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings in his third year of draft eligibility, he was selected by Ottawa in the fourth round (107th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Christian Wolanin is a solid, puck-moving defenceman who can shoot the puck well, and play with a physical edge. Son of former NHLer Craig, Wolanin has been passed over in the draft for a few years. After plying his trade in the USHL over the last three seasons, he broke out in a big way this season—scoring 41 points in 56 games.

Future

Wolanin joined the University of North Dakota as a freshman this season, and although he could make the transition to at any time, don’t be surprised if he develops in the NCAA for the next four years. Wolanin is a long-term project.

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