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Fantasy buzz: Top forwards could return Tuesday

Getzlaf, Granlund expected back for Ducks, Wild; Draisaitl possible for Oilers

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

All season long, NHL.com's fantasy hockey staff will have you covered with daily lineup news, production trends and injury notes from around the League. We will identify how these developments affect fantasy owners in year-long (Yahoo) and daily (DraftKings) formats.

 

5 p.m.

Burakovsky out 6-8 weeks for Capitals

Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky will miss 6-8 weeks after having surgery on his left thumb Tuesday.

Burakovsky, 22, has been held without a point in six of his nine games this season despite frequent exposure to Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. The preseason breakout candidate did not make much of power-play impact either; he had one power-play point in 1:33 per game on mostly the second man-advantage unit with rookie forward Jakub Vrana and defensemen Dmitry Orlov and Christian Djoos.

Forward Tom Wilson (RW, 3 percent owned) played on the second line with Backstrom and Oshie for most of Washington's 4-1 loss against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, but Wilson is not worth a fantasy add at this time. The Capitals begin a three-game road trip against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, so fantasy owners must wait and see who Washinton's top-six replacement will be.

If you need a fantasy replacement for Burakovsky or Vegas Golden Knights center Vadim Shipachyov, who was assigned to Chicago of the American Hockey League, here are NHL.com's top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 3.

 

1 p.m.
Getzlaf, Lindholm provide Ducks with reinforcements

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf will return to the lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, PRIME, NHL.TV). He missed the past three games because of a lower-body injury.

Getzlaf is owned in 93 percent of Yahoo leagues (C-eligible) and priced at $7,000 in DraftKings (tied for fifth among centers). He is expected to skate on a stacked top line with Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry.

Defenseman Hampus Lindholm will make his season debut for the Ducks. He is among NHL.com's DraftKings value picks for Tuesday because he could see power-play time with Cam Fowler (knee) sidelined.

Ducks forward Patrick Eaves remains sidelined with an illness.

 

Granlund expected back for ailing Wild

Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund will return to the lineup against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, SNV, NHL.TV). He missed their past five games because of a groin injury.

Granlund is 82 percent owned in Yahoo (C/RW-eligible) and priced at $5,800 in DraftKings. This is a favorable DFS play considering Granlund will play on Minnesota's top line alongside Mikko Koivu and on their first power-play unit. Vancouver will be playing the final game of their five-game road trip.

Forwards Nino Niederreiter (ankle), Charlie Coyle (fibula) and Zach Parise (back) are out for the Wild. Parise is expected to miss 8-10 weeks after surgery and is droppable in fantasy if you don't have an available injured reserve or IR+ spot.

 

Draisaitl close to returning for Oilers

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl could return against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT; TVAS, SN1, NHL.TV). He has missed the past four games because of an eye injury and concussion-like symptons.

He's owned in nearly all Yahoo leagues (C/RW-eligible) and priced at $7,100 in DraftKings (tied for fourth among wings). The Penguins may be the defending Stanley Cup champions, but are allowing the ninth-most DraftKings points to opposing wings. If Draisaitl plays, he's expected to start on the third line with Mark Letestu and Drake Caggiula.

 

RANKINGS UPDATE: Draisaitl, Getzlaf and Granlund are each back among NHL.com's top 100 fantasy forwards ahead of their returns from injury.

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