Currently playing his third season with the Ottawa 67’s (OHL), Wharton was a part of the Blue Jackets excellent first day of the draft this past June. Having had issues playing significant stretches in a row (he played 39 and 43 games in the past two seasons respectively), the fact that Wharton has dressed in 29 of the team’s 33 games so far is a positive indicator.
2nd round (59th overall), 2004
2007-08: Wharton continued his professional struggles last season. Unable to clinch a regular job with Syracuse, he was sent down to Elmira. Wharton has offensive instincts, but as of yet has not been able to fully break out offensively at any level, and he still needs to work on the other aspects of his game.
Wharton’s upside is in his offensive play. A remarkably good skater for a defender, he makes a good first pass and can rush the puck. Although he does not shy away from contact he is not going to intimidate opponents with his hitting, and sometimes seems to lack intensity.