John Wessbecker

Hometown:

Edina Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1986-09-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (225th overall), 2005

Weight:

198 lbs.

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History

2005-06: Wessbecker enjoyed a solid rookie season with UMass, earning regular duty on the Minutemen’s blueline. The Victoria, MN native posted three points (all assists) playing in all 36 games. Wessbecker’s first collegiate point came back on November 27, 2005 when he assisted on Chris Davis’ game-winner in UMass’ 2-1 win over Vermont. Wessbecker, who excelled both on and off the ice, capped his rookie season with a selection to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.

2006-07: This was the defenseman’s sophomore season with UMass (Hockey East). Appearing in 38 games, he totaled one goal on the season and finished with a +6 rating. His goal, which was the first of his UMass career, was the game-winner in a 3-2 win over Maine in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

2007-08: Wessbecker played in 15 games this season for the University of Massachusetts (Hockey East). He was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year. He registered one penalty and had eight shots on goal. Unfortunately, an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He finished with three assists.

Talent Analysis
Wessbecker is a stay-at-home defenseman with very good size. He’s a player who tends to keep things simple and doesn’t try to do too much. Wessbecker uses his size and long reach in defending against opposing forwards. He is a hard worker who is very conscientious and tough in his own zone. He skates remarkably well for a man his size with powerful strides. Wessbecker possesses good passing ability and can make nice outlet passes. While he rarely scores, Wessbecker does a nice job of getting shots on net and possesses a very good shot. Wessbecker has already proven to be a reliable presence on the UMass blueline.