|Assets:||Has plenty of offensive capability, including the skills to play the point on the power play, as well as a howitzer of a shot. Is aggressive by nature; he'll drop the mitts and defend his mates. Skates very well and is at his best in an up-tempo system.|
|Flaws:||Lacks discipline as a defender, including his positioning, decision-making and over-aggressiveness at times. Is physically strong, but lacks ideal size and reach. Would be a more valuable defenseman if he played a more controlled game.|
|Career Potential:||Quality offensive, yet undisciplined veteran defenseman.|
|Canadian Major Junior||Defenseman of the Year||2003-04|
|Canadian Major Junior||First All-Star Team||2003-04|
|OHL||Max Kaminsky Trophy||2003-04|
|OHL||First All-Star Team||2003-04|
|OHL||First All-Rookie Team||2000-01|
|12/07/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/25/2013||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|3/28/2013||Missed 14 games (broken foot).|
|2/27/2013||Broken foot, injured reserve.|
|2/26/2013||Broken foot, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/18/2013||Missed 2 games (personal reasons).|
|2/15/2013||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2013||Missed 2 games (concussion).|
|2/05/2013||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|4/03/2012||Missed 7 games (concussion).|
|2/24/2012||Missed 2 games (groin).|
|2/11/2012||Missed 17 games (broken left ankle).|
|1/03/2012||Broken left ankle, injured reserve.|
|12/31/2011||Broken left ankle, day-to-day.|
|10/25/2011||Missed 8 games (suspended by nhl).|
|9/26/2011||Suspended by the NHL for 8 games.|
|9/24/2011||Suspended by the NHL indefinitely.|
|7/01/2011||Re-signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a six-year contract.|
|6/29/2011||Acquired from the Montreal Canadiens.|
|4/27/2011||Missed the last playoff game (undisclosed).|
|2/09/2011||Missed 2 games (flu).|
|12/28/2010||Acquired from the New York Islanders.|
|10/16/2010||Missed 2 games (suspension).|
|10/12/2010||Suspended by the NHL for two games.|
|7/30/2010||Acquired from the Anaheim Ducks.|
|7/05/2010||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|4/03/2010||Missed 8 games (suspension).|
|3/18/2010||Suspended by the NHL for 8 games.|
|11/07/2009||Missed 2 games (suspension).|
|11/02/2009||Suspended by the NHL for 2 games.|
|10/21/2009||Missed 3 games (right shoulder injury).|
|10/11/2009||Right shoulder injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/13/2009||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks to a one-year contract.|
|5/10/2009||Missed 1 playoff game (chest injury).|
|5/06/2009||Chest injury, day-to-day.|
|3/04/2009||Acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|12/16/2008||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|12/14/2008||Missed 28 games (right knee surgery).|
|12/11/2008||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|9/01/2008||Right knee surgery, sidelined indefinitely.|
|5/21/2008||Re-signed by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|3/14/2008||Missed 1 game (suspension).|
|3/12/2008||Suspended by the NHL for one game.|
|1/18/2008||Missed 10 games (sprained right knee).|
|12/30/2007||Sprained right knee, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/05/2007||Missed 3 games (facial injury).|
|11/28/2007||Facial injury, day-to-day.|
|8/10/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks to a one-year contract.|
|4/09/2007||Missed the last 15 games of the regular season (right knee injury).|
|3/09/2007||Right knee injury, remainder of the regular season.|
|11/14/2006||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|11/13/2006||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|11/09/2006||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|10/01/2006||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|4/14/2006||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|3/19/2006||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|2/13/2006||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|1/31/2006||Recalled from Norfolk (AHL).|
|9/24/2005||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|9/16/2004||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|3/22/2004||Signed by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|6/29/2011||Montreal Canadiens traded James Wisniewski to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 7th round selection in 2012.|
|12/28/2010||New York Islanders traded James Wisniewski to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2011 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2012 fifth-round draft pick.|
|7/30/2010||Anaheim Ducks traded James Wisniewski to the New York Islanders for a conditional 3rd round selection in 2011.|
|3/04/2009||Anaheim Ducks traded Samuel Pahlsson, Logan Stephenson and a conditional 4th round selection in 2009 to the Chicago Blackhawks for James Wisniewski and Petri Kontiola.|
|6/23/2002||Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round (156th overall) in 2002.|
James Wisniewski (UBI) will sit Thursday | 12/12/2013 12:11 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski (upper body) won't play Thursday.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactIt will mark the third straight game he has missed with an upper-body injury. His status for Saturday's contest versus St. Louis hasn't been determined yet.
James Wisniewski is expected to miss one week | 12/08/2013 1:43 PM
NewsColumbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski is expected to miss about one week with an upper-body injury, the team updated on Sunday.
Blue Jackets on Twitter
ImpactHe's been doing a little bit of everything this season. Beyond scoring 18 points (eight PPP), he has 27 PIM, 56 SOG, 37 hits and 20 blocked shots.
James Wisniewski to miss 2 games with UBI | 12/07/2013 3:33 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski is slated to miss at least two games with an upper-body injury.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactHe won't be available for Monday's game against Pittsburgh or Tuesday's match versus New Jersey. Wisniewski hasn't earned a point in his last five games, but he has been productive this year with 18 points, 56 shots and 27 penalty minutes in 28 contests.
James Wisniewski likely to play on Monday | 11/25/2013 6:37 AM
NewsLook for James Wisniewski (strep throat) to play on Monday in Toronto.
ImpactWisniewski came down with the illness on Thursday and it forced him to miss Friday's contest against the Canucks. "I slept for 15 hours straight one day," Wisniewski said. "I get it twice a year, I swear." No reason to swear James. Put him back in your fantasy lineup if you normally would as he has 16 points and 25 penalty minutes in 22 games.
Wisniewski (illness) might miss Friday's game | 11/22/2013 3:35 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski is dealing with an illness.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactWisniewski probably won't be able to play on Friday as a result. The good news is that Columbus will get Saturday and Sunday off, so there's a decent chance that he'll end up missing just one game.
Wisniewski keeps rolling, but Jackets lose | 11/15/2013 11:03 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski notched his 13th helper of the season Friday night in a shootout loss to Montreal.
ImpactWisniewski now has an impressive two goals and 15 points through 19 games, having already eclipsed his 14 points in 30 games from last season.
Wisniewski headed for best offensive year yet | 11/11/2013 6:38 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski is well on his way to having the best offensive year of his NHL career.
ImpactThe oft-injured defenseman has two goals and 13 points in 16 games this season. His best season was 51 points in 2010-11 when he had 21 points with the Islanders and was then dealt to Montreal where he had 30 points. It was the only season in which he played at least 70 games so remaining healthy could get him his best offensive season to date. He is worth a pick up in most formats of fantasy hockey.
James Wisniewski reaches 200 points milestone | 11/08/2013 9:12 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski picked up his 200th career point on Thursday.
ImpactWisniewski has a goal and 11 points in 15 contests this season. He has the potential to be one of the league's top offensive defensemen in 2013-14. However, he's dealt with more than his fair share of injuries in recent years, so he's a risk in that regard.
James Wisniewski's two assists lead Jackets | 10/22/2013 9:46 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski pitched in a goal and two assists in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 win over New Jersey Tuesday night.
ImpactThe 29 year-old American now has six assists and seven points in 10 games this season. Having never reached the 70 game mark in 10 pro seasons, a healthy Wisniewski might turn out to be a solid fantasy option at defense on a competitive Columbus squad.
Wisniewski (illness) is a game-time decision | 10/22/2013 12:03 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski was under the weather Tuesday morning.
Bluejackets.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactWisniewski will be a game-time decision versus the New Jersey Devils as a result. He has four assists in eight contests this season.
James Wisniewski gets two points in victory | 09/15/2013 9:37 PM
NewsDefenseman James Wisniewski scored a goal and picked up an assist in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-4 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in an NHL preseason game Sunday.
ImpactMark Letestu also had a goal and an assist for Columbus. The Blue Jackets' other three goal scorers were Cam Atkinson, Ryan Murray and Artem Anisov. Murray got the overtime winner. Murray, the second pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, missed most of the 2012-13 season because of a shoulder injury he sustained playing in the Western Hockey League last November. The defenseman played more than 23 minutes in the contest, and could begin the 2013-14 season with the Blue Jackets. Chuck Kobasew had two goals for the Penguins, while James Neal and Dustin Jeffrey netted one each. Curtis McElhinney blocked 24 of the 26 shots he faced in the Columbus goal. Oscar Dansk stopped nine of 11. Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 10 of the 12 shots he faced in Pittsburgh's net while teammate Jeff Zatkoff blocked 10 of 13.
James Wisniewski gets a goal Tuesday | 04/10/2013 9:52 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski scored a goal in Tuesday's 4-0 victory against San Jose.
ImpactWisniewski has found the back of the net twice in his last two games. He's missed time this season due to a broken foot, but he should end the season on a high note.
Wisniewski okay after hobbling off the ice | 04/09/2013 8:30 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski was all right after limping off the ice late in the first period Sunday.
ImpactWisniewski returned from a broken foot in late March and has been wearing a foot protector but the protector opened up, forcing him off the ice. "I couldn't skate," Wisniewski said. "I was so mad." It was fixed and he will continue to wear the extra protection. Wisniewski has four goals and 11 points in only 21 games so continue to use the scoring blueliner in your lineup.
Jackets activate James Wisniewski from IR | 03/28/2013 4:34 PM
NewsColumbus has activated James Wisniewski from injured reserve.
ImpactHe has missed 14 games with a broken foot, but will get back into Columbus' lineup for the first time since Feb. 24. Wisniewski has been limited to 15 games this season because of injuries, but when he's been healthy he has contributed nine points. The Jackets are going to dress seven defensemen in Thursday's contest against Edmonton.
James Wisniewski is 'real close' to returning | 03/27/2013 5:48 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski (foot) is "real close" to getting back in Columbus' lineup, according to coach Todd Richards.
ImpactHe has been practicing with the Blue Jackets for more than a week now after missing 14 games with a broken foot. "There's a possibility with go with seven defensemen," said Richards referring to Thursday's game at Edmonton.
James Wisniewski (foot) will travel with team | 03/22/2013 5:26 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski (foot) will travel with Columbus on their upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Saturday in Nashville.
ImpactHe has missed the past 11 games with a broken foot, but has skated for the last three days. "I wouldn't be going on the trip if I didn't think I could play," Wisniewski said. "This is the hardest part of the process, these first few days getting your body back as close to game shape as possible. But you have to get through it."
Jackets lose James Wisniewski for 4-6 weeks | 02/27/2013 4:34 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski has been placed on injured reserve by Columbus and he's projected to be out of action for four-to-six weeks with a broken foot.
ImpactHe suffered the injury when he was struck by a shot during Sunday's game against Chicago. Wisniewski has produced all three of his goals on the power play this year and he has nine points in 15 games.
James Wisniewski sidelined by broken foot | 02/26/2013 3:00 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski has a broken bone in his foot and will be out "an extended period of time," according to coach Todd Richards.
Rob Mixer on Twitter
ImpactWisniewski did not practice Tuesday after being seen with a noticeable limp following Sunday's game. Richards said the injury occurred during that game, which is pretty incredible considering Wisniewski finished the game with a team-high 26:55 of ice time. Wisniewski's loss will sting some fantasy owners, but is much more significant for the Blue Jackets. We'll list him as out indefinitely for now and update you when we get a more concrete timeline.
James Wisniewski not on the ice Tuesday | 02/26/2013 12:49 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski was not on the ice Tuesday morning during practice.
Jeff Rimer on Twitter
ImpactWisniewski was seen walking with a noticeable limp after Sunday's game. Consider him questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas.
James Wisniewski spotted limping after loss | 02/25/2013 11:43 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski was seen walking with a noticeable limp after Sunday's 1-0 loss.
ImpactWisniewski played a team-high 26:55 in Sunday's game, so we wouldn't read too much into it. Almost everyone across the NHL at this point has some sort of bruise, limp or soreness. "We're all banged up," said teammate Derek MacKenzie, who had an ice pack on his left shoulder after the game. "The grind has officially started." We'll let you know if we hear anything more.
Todd Richards breaks up top pairing | 02/19/2013 8:47 AM
NewsTodd Richards split up his defensive pairing of James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson on Monday.
ImpactThe two are offensive type defensemen so Richards put them with more defensive-minder partners are Wisniewski played alongside John Moore while Johnson was paired with veteran Adrian Aucoin. Wisniewski returned to action after missing a couple of games due to the birth of his daughter.He has three goals and seven points with a minor penalty in 12 games.
Wisniewski rejoins CBJ, should play Monday | 02/18/2013 11:10 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski has rejoined the Columbus Blue Jackets.
ImpactWisniewski left the team so that he could be with his wife for the birth of their daughter. He missed Columbus' contests on Friday and Saturday, but he should be available on Monday.
James Wisniewski's daughter enters the world | 02/16/2013 10:41 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski's daughter was born Saturday morning.
ImpactAs we previously mentioned, Wisniewski left the Blue Jackets to be with his pregnant wife in Columbus. The Blue Jackets are playing in Phoenix on Saturday, so we're going to go ahead and assume that Wisniewski will instead spend the day with his wife and newborn child. Congratulations to Wisniewski and his family.
James Wisniewski will not play Friday | 02/15/2013 10:57 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski has traveled back to Columbus to be with his pregnant wife, Nicole.
ImpactWisniewski originally joined the Blue Jackets for their upcoming six-game road trip, but his wife was already overdue, so they were aware that he would return to Columbus when the time was right. It looks like that time is now and consequently Wisniewski will not play on Friday. He might also miss Columbus' game in Phoenix on Saturday.
James Wisniewski, wife expecting first child | 02/13/2013 5:31 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski's wife, Nicole, is overdue with their first child and will return to Columbus to be with her if she is set to give birth.
ImpactThe Columbus Blue Jackets begin their six-game road trip on Friday at Los Angeles, so the offensive defender could be absent for a skate or game depending on what happens with his pregnant wife.
| 02/11/2013 2:53 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski returned to action on Sunday February 10.
Wisniewski would play with J.Johnson if ready | 02/10/2013 10:58 AM
NewsShould James Wisniewski be capable of returning to the Blue Jackets lineup Sunday, he's expected to be paired with usual defense partner Jack Johnson.
ImpactThe return of Wisniewski would be a big boost for the Jackets, who have had to lean far too heavily on Johnson during his absence. Given how severe the injury appeared when it happened and the fact that Wisniewski reportedly doesn't recall suffering it to begin with, his return on Sunday would be a fortunate result for everyone involved. The fact that David Savard was sent down to Springfield of the AHL is probably a good indication that Wisniewski should be in the lineup.
James Wisniewski likely to return Sunday | 02/09/2013 6:33 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski (concussion) practiced without limitations on Saturday and appears set to return to the lineup on Sunday.
ImpactHe said his body felt a little sore, but he's symptom-free and ready to play for the first time since Feb. 2. The Jackets also returned David Savard to the minors, which further points to Wisniewski being cleared to play.
James Wisniewski hoping to return Sunday | 02/08/2013 1:24 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski (concussion) is hoping to play Sunday.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactWisniewski went into the boards last Saturday against the Red Wings. He joined practice Friday in a red non-contact jersey and his status is still very much up in the air, despite his wishes to play. The league and teams are being very cautious when it comes to head injuries so owners will just have to wait and see how he recovers this weekend.
James Wisniewski to be evaluated Monday | 02/04/2013 8:51 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski who went heavily into the boards Saturday against Detroit, will be evaluated on Monday.
ImpactGM Scott Howson said that Wisniewski will definitely not be playing on Tuesday against the Kings but also said that a concussion has not been confirmed. "To see him go into the boards at that rate of speed and in that manner, it's really hard to watch," Howson said. "There was a lot of energy in the building, and the place went perfectly quiet when James went down." Wisniewski rested at home Sunday and could find himself at home a lot longer if the concussion is confirmed. His wife is due to give birth any day now so Wisniewski could have missed a game anyway. Stay tuned.
James Wisniewski suffered multiple injuries | 02/03/2013 10:43 AM
NewsIn addition to the concussion he suffered, James Wisniewski also sustained leg and back injuries when he collided with the boards in Saturday's game against the Red Wings.
ImpactWisniewski's fall looked extremely scary and it's no surprise he sustained multiple injuries on the play, but teammate Jack Johnson seemed encouraged after the game by the news he had received on Wisniewski. Let's hope the healing process is a quick one for the talented defenseman.
James Wisniewski suffers concussion Saturday | 02/03/2013 12:26 AM
NewsJames Wisniewski suffered a concussion as the result of landing back-first into the boards Saturday night.
ImpactWisniewski, who had a goal in the game, was chasing after the puck with teammate Nick Foligno. The Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader looked to have made contact with Foligno, who then knocked into Wisniewski, causing him to spin around, lose an edge and land hard into the end boards. "It is a concussion," coach Todd Richards said. "Next we'll see where that goes. ... He's moving slow. His back and leg got hurt in the collision."
Wisniewski departs after slamming into boards | 02/02/2013 9:20 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski left Saturday's game in the second period after falling backwards into the boards.
Brian Hedger on Twitter
ImpactWisniewski was part of a four-man race for the puck on a potential icing touch up and ended up losing an edge and slammed into the boards. He was down on the ice for a bit, but was able to eventually gather himself and skate off with the assistance of teammates. The rearguard, who had a goal in 9:23, went right to the locker room.
James Wisniewski has 4 points in 8 games | 02/02/2013 5:34 PM
NewsJames Wisniewski ranks 15th in the league with an average of 25:46 minutes of ice time per game.
ImpactWisniewski has a goal and four points in eight games this season. We expected Columbus to be horrible this season and so far they haven't done anything to alter our opinion. As the same, if you're going to own a member of the Blue Jackets, Wisniewski is one of your best bets.
|Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. NYI||last:Nov 9||1|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:at Tor||last:Nov 25||1|
|Points||3||vs. NJ||Oct 22||1|
|Penalty Minutes||17||at Ott||Nov 17||5|
|Plus/Minus||3||2 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 6||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||28 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 6||1|
|Power Play Points||2||at Tor||Nov 25||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||28 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 6||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||28 times-last:vs. Min||last:Dec 6||1|
|Shots||7||at Wsh||Oct 19||6|
|Penalty Minutes||103||2007-08 (Chi)|
|Power Play Goals||7||2010-11 (NYI/Mtl)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2007-08 (Chi)|
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