|Assets:||Has outstanding size and reach, and still has plenty of room to fill out. Can produce offensive numbers, mainly due to a big shot from the point. Has all-round upside.|
|Flaws:||Needs to get even stronger and maximize the use of his huge frame in order to excel at the highest level. Isn't overly physical, despite his size. That needs to change.|
|Career Potential:||Big defenseman with some upside.|
|WCHA||First All-Star Team||2009-10|
|NCAA||West First All-American Team||2009-10|
|WCHA||Second All-Star Team||2008-09|
|12/22/2014||Missed 3 games (undisclosed).|
|12/13/2014||Missed 5 games (undisclosed).|
|12/02/2014||Undisclosed, injured reserve.|
|7/22/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators to a three-year contract.|
|5/24/2013||Missed the last 7 playoff games (lower body injury).|
|5/07/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/12/2013||Recalled from Binghamton (AHL).|
|4/16/2012||Recalled from Binghamton (AHL).|
|10/01/2011||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|4/06/2011||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|4/05/2011||Recalled from Binghamton (AHL).|
|4/03/2011||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|3/22/2011||Recalled from Binghamton (AHL).|
|10/02/2010||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|4/01/2010||Signed by the Ottawa Senators to a three-year entry level contract.|
|6/21/2008||Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 2nd round (42nd overall) in 2008.|
Patrick Wiercioch earns another PP helper | 04/03/2014 10:47 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch registered another assist and had five shots in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders.
ImpactHe has earned four helpers, including three on the power play, in his past five games since returning from the press box. Wiercioch has been a healthy scratch frequently this season, but he's made the most of his recent string of appearances. Depending on how deep your league is, he could be worthy of a flier.
Patrick Wiercioch picks up another assist | 04/01/2014 8:25 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch has contributed three assists in his past four games.
ImpactHe has suited up in Ottawa's last four contests after being a healthy scratch for eight consecutive matches. Wiercioch is trying his best to stay in the lineup and picking up points is a good way to accomplish that.
Patrick Wiercioch draws back in for Senators | 03/26/2014 8:08 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch got back in the lineup on Tuesday night.
ImpactHe had been a healthy scratch for eight straight games. He collected a power-play assist and logged 15:23 of ice time in Ottawa's 3-2 shootout loss to Florida. Wiercioch also finished the match with a minus-1 rating and two penalty minutes. He got the opportunity to play because of an injury to Chris Phillips.
Wiercioch has been a regular in the press box | 03/24/2014 4:59 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch has been a healthy scratch for seven straight games.
ImpactHe has 17 points in 42 appearances this season. "In fairness to (Wiercioch), him, Gryba and Cowen as young defencemen in the league were expected to come in the league and we felt they were going to make strides and they didn't, at the start," coach Paul MacLean explained. "I think Cowen and Gryba have come a long a little bit better than Patrick has, but the play of Cody Ceci, coming up and being able to play in the league the way he has, is more of a factor with Patrick." He may play either Monday or Tuesday.
Patrick Wiercioch may draw back in Thursday | 03/20/2014 1:41 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch could be in Ottawa's lineup Thursday.
ImpactHe hasn't played since Mar. 5 and he has 17 points in 42 contests this season. Eric Gryba appeared to be the odd man out during the morning skate.
Patrick Wiercioch nets PPG in loss to Boston | 02/08/2014 5:58 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch scored a power-play goal in Ottawa's 7-2 loss against Boston on Saturday afternoon.
ImpactThree of his four goals this season have come with the man advantage. Wiercioch has 16 points in 39 contests. Bobby Ryan had Ottawa's other marker in the defeat.
Wiercioch to sit against Hurricanes Saturday | 01/25/2014 9:39 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch will be a healthy scratch Saturday afternoon against Carolina.
ImpactHe will sit in favor of Marc Methot. Wiercioch has been fairly effective from an offensive perspective when he has had the chance to play. Unfortunately for him and his fantasy owners, that has not been on a regular basis as the Ottawa coaching staff does not trust him sufficiently in the Sens' zone.
Patrick Wiercioch pots another PPG Monday | 12/10/2013 8:45 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch picked up another power-play marker on Monday night.
ImpactHe scored his first goal of the year last Thursday against Tampa Bay. Wiercioch has 11 points in 22 games and his improved play of late should help keep him in the Senators' lineup.
Patrick Wiercioch hopes for turnaround | 12/07/2013 10:27 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch is hoping getting his first goal of the season on Thursday is a sign that his fortunes are changing.
Impact"I wish it was coming in a winning cause, but if anything it's good just to get that out of the way," Wiercioch said. "You don't want to change too much, you don't want to be passing up shots, but you start second guessing yourself." It's worth emphasizing that Wiercioch has 10 points in 20 games this season, which obviously aren't bad numbers for a defenseman. At the same time, he has spent some time in the press box this season and that's happened as recently as Tuesday.
Patrick Wiercioch scores first of year vs. TB | 12/05/2013 10:28 PM
NewsOttawa defenseman Patrick Wiercioch scored the lone goal for the Senators in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay.
ImpactDespite his offensive talent Wiercioch has struggled to consistently stay in the lineup for the Sens and the goal is his first of the season.
Patrick Wiercioch to sit as a healthy scratch | 11/28/2013 1:48 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch will be scratched Thursday when Ottawa takes on Vancouver.
Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
ImpactThe move is a bit surprising after he had four shots and a power-play assist in Wednesday's 6-4 win over Washington. Wiercioch has nine helpers in 18 games this year.
Wiercioch to return from press box Sunday | 10/26/2013 3:22 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch will draw back into Ottawa's lineup on Sunday.
ImpactHe has been a healthy scratch for the Senators' last two games, but he will return when Ottawa hosts the high-powered offense of the San Jose Sharks. With Wiercioch back in the fold, Eric Gryba is slated to head to the press box.
Sens scratch Patrick Wiercioch Wednesday | 10/24/2013 10:57 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch was a healthy scratch Wednesday.
Impact"We just feel the speed of the game and getting the puck moving," coach Paul MacLean said. "The pace that he plays with needs to get better and using his feet and his size (6-5, 206 pounds) to defend better is a big part of it, as well." He has lost some power-play time, but he has contributed five assists in eight games this season.
Sens to try Patrick Wiercioch on top PP unit | 09/19/2013 2:32 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch is expected to get a look on Ottawa's top power-play unit in Thursday's exhibition game.
ImpactHe is slated to play alongside Erik Karlsson in any man advantage situations that the Senators get against Toronto. Wiercioch is hoping that he can step up this season and get more involved offensively following the departure of Sergei Gonchar.
Patrick Wiercioch agrees to three-year deal | 07/22/2013 1:54 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch has inked a three-year/$6 million contract with the Ottawa Senators.
Senators.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactWiercioch scored five goals and 19 points in 42 games last season. He also averaged 2:19 minutes of power-play ice time per game. Erik Karlsson will obviously lead the team in that role in 2013-14, but Wiercioch could be the second most prolific Senators defensemen with the man advantage.
Patrick Wiercioch still out with LBI | 05/12/2013 1:19 PM
NewsThe Ottawa Senators announced on Sunday that Patrick Wiercioch remains sidelined with a lower-body injury.
Ottawa Senators on Twitter
ImpactHe played in one May 5 playoff game before leaving that game early on with this vaguely reported injury. He's been in and out of Ottawa's lineup at various points of the season, so he's obviously not a make-or-break guy at this point in his career.
Patrick Wiercioch leaves early with LBI | 05/06/2013 12:01 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch had to leave Sunday's contest early because of a lower-body injury.
ImpactHis NHL playoff debut lasted only two shifts for 1:47 of ice time. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Wiercioch likely to make playoff debut Thurs. | 05/01/2013 11:06 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch sounds like he'll get the nod over Eric Gryba on Ottawa's blueline in Thursday's playoff opener versus Montreal.
Impact"Speed is an important part of the game, not only for them but for us and Patrick gets the puck moving pretty good, " coach Paul MacLean said Tuesday. The Senators bench boss added that he expects to use Gryba in the postseason even if he doesn't play in Game 1.
Wiercioch pots fifth goal in loss to Penguins | 04/23/2013 8:33 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch scored his fifth goal of the season in Monday's loss to Pittsburgh.
ImpactHis power-play tally was the only goal the Senators could muster in a 3-1 defeat. It was Wiercioch's first marker since March 16 when he found the back of the net four times during a six-game span. The 22-year-old defender has contributed 19 points in 41 games.
Patrick Wiercioch continues offensive surge | 03/21/2013 11:05 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch has generated four goals and four assists in his past eight games.
Impact"Confidence is a two-edge sword," he said. "It's quick to get and really easy to lose, so you don't want to build it up too quickly, but you obviously want to know you're capable of making those plays and go from there." He praised Sergei Gonchar, Chris Phillips and Marc Methot for helping him along during this rookie year. He's worth nabbing off waivers, if he's available, while he's hot.
Wiercioch scores third goal in five games | 03/14/2013 11:23 AM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch potted his third goal in five games Wednesday night.
ImpactHe beat Montreal goalie Carey Price with wrist shot from the slot early in the third period to send the game into overtime. Wiercioch also racked up 19 minutes in penalties against the Bruins Monday after he instigated a fight with a face shield on, so it's been a productive week for him in a couple of fantasy categories. He may be worthy of flier while he's hot.
Patrick Wiercioch pots first career goal | 03/04/2013 1:08 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch scored his first career goal Sunday.
ImpactHis power-play marker late in the third period sent the game into overtime, where the Senators eventually lost to the Islanders in a shootout. Wiercioch's point shot deflected off New York defender Travis Hamonic's stick and into the net. Wiercioch has seven points and a plus-1 rating in 19 games with Ottawa this year.
Wiercioch will be healthy scratch Saturday | 02/09/2013 12:55 PM
NewsPatrcik Wiercioch will sit in the press box Saturday afternoon.
Bruce Garrioch Twitter
ImpactHe will not dress against the Jets despite some decent performances in a number of games this season.
Wiercioch hopes to stick with the big club | 01/14/2013 2:20 PM
NewsPatrick Wiercioch will try to seize a roster spot with Ottawa to open the season.
ImpactHe has bulked up to 210 pounds and has played well for Binghamton of the AHL during the lockout. He has registered 10 goals and 19 points in 32 games from the back end. Injuries to Jared Cowen and Mike Lundin has Wiercioch vying for a spot on the roster and he could earn one because of the confidence he has developed this season.
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|Points||1||6 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Feb 14||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||11 times-last:at LA||last:Feb 26||4|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. Buf||Dec 29||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||35 times-last:at SJ||last:Feb 28||1|
|Power Play Points||1||2 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Feb 14||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||35 times-last:at SJ||last:Feb 28||0|
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|Shots||4||5 times-last:vs. Car||last:Feb 16||5|
|Penalty Minutes||39||2012-13 (Ott)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Ott)|
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