Andy Welinski was the defenseman that stood out the most among the younger White Team at the conditioning camp scrimmage, and in fact was one of the most impressive players in the defensive zone among all of the Ducks prospects at the camp.
The scrimmage was played in a wide-open 4-on-4 format that was basically a fast-paced game of pickup hockey. With all of the prospects looking to show the coaches what they’ve got, the focus was on offense and speed. However, Welinski really stood out in his own zone playing very solid defense.
Selected by the Ducks in the 3rd round (83rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Welinski displayed very good defensive awareness, working quickly to break up centering passes and clear rebounds. He had great positioning, always staying in the passing and shooting lanes of the opposing forwards.
The defenseman wasn’t particularly noticeable in the offensive zone during the scrimmage. In 51 games last year with Green Bay in the USHL, Welinski tallied just 6 goals and 8 assists. However, the 6’2″ defenseman was drafted with the intent of adding some decent size and dependability in the defensive zone.
There isn’t too much to say about Welinski’s game, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Welinski plays a simple game that instills confidence and calmness in both his teammates on the ice and those watching from off the ice.
Welinksi is committed to playing for the University of Minnesota-Duluth next season. Playing in the NCAA will help him further develop his responsible game in a strong system.