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Fantasy: Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 9

Dubois, Anderson catching fire for Blue Jackets alongside Panarin

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

Every Monday during the season, NHL.com will provide the top 10 players to add off the fantasy waiver wire. Based on Yahoo transaction data and other factors including production, lineup and/or injury trends, we have identified appealing options at each position for fantasy owners in season-long leagues.

 

FORWARD

Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW (9 percent owned in Yahoo), and Josh Anderson, RW, CBJ (21 percent): The Columbus Blue Jackets have shuffled their lines early and often, but they may have finally discovered the right combination this past week. Dubois, the latest rookie to join fantasy relevance, is centering the top line with Artemi Panarin and Josh Anderson and has combined for one goal, five assists, a plus-2, one power-play points and seven shots on goal during his four-game point streak. Anderson, ranked 93rd in Yahoo, is also readily available and covering five of the six standard categories with added value in hits leagues (44 in 25 games).

Video: CAR@CBJ: Anderson pots Dubois' slick one-handed feed

Mathieu Perreault, C/LW, WPG (19 percent): The Winnipeg Jets forward was productive in a third-line, second power-play role prior to Kyle Connor's injury and exploded for three points (one goal, two assists), one PPP and five SOG with the rookie sidelined in a 5-0 win against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. Perreault is playing in that coveted top-line spot next to elite fantasy forwards Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler and had 45 points (13 goals, 32 assists) and 15 PPP last season despite inconsistent usage.

Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM (8 percent): The Edmonton Oilers are in deep trouble with goaltender Cam Talbot on injured reserve, but Connor McDavid's linemates still need to be monitored on a daily basis. The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner has 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 27 games amidst all the chaos surrounding Edmonton's underacheiving season. Puljujarvi had two goals against the Calgary Flames on Saturday in a trial alongside McDavid and Milan Lucic and now has four goals on 27 SOG in 10 games since being recalled from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Nov. 10.

Video: EDM@CGY: Puljujarvi nets lucky bounce at the doorstep

Adam Henrique, C, ANA (16 percent): So far, so good for Henrique since being traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday; he has points in each of his first two games playing on the top line with right wing Corey Perry. Henrique has one goal, one assist, one PPP and four SOG in the two games and is a great short-term streaming option in most formats for as long as centers Ryan Getzlaf (face), Ryan Kesler (hip) and Rickard Rakell (C/LW in Yahoo; upper body) are on injured reserve.

Paul Byron, LW/RW, MTL (3 percent owned): If you missed out on Brendan Gallagher (RW, 58 percent owned; 52nd in Yahoo), you may want to give Byron a look given his recent surge for the Montreal Canadiens alongside Alex Galchenyuk. Byron has nine goals after scoring a hat trick against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday and has combined for six points (four goals, two assists) and 13 SOG over his past five games. He has less value in leagues that count PPP (none) but covers hits (48 in 28 games) at a high level.

Others to consider: Alexander Kerfoot, C/RW, COL (13 percent), Tyler Johnson, C, TBL (23 percent), Charlie Coyle, C/RW, MIN (21 percent), Andrew Ladd, LW, NYI (12 percent), Radek Faksa, DAL (10 percent), David Desharnais, C, NYR (fewer than 1 percent)

 

DEFENSEMAN

Tyler Myers, WPG (33 percent): Exposure to the Jets' high-powered offense needs to be taken seriously in fantasy leagues, and Myers has locked down a second-unit power-play spot alongside relevant forwards Nikolaj Ehlers, Bryan Little and Perreault for weeks now. He has 14 points and eight PPP (T-10th among defensemen) with strong coverage of plus/minus (plus-7), penalty minutes (16) and SOG (42). He has been productive when healthy since joining Winnipeg in 2015 and is worth adding in standard leagues at this point.

Video: OTT@WPG: Myers scores PPG in 500th NHL game

Darnell Nurse, EDM (24 percent): Over the past eight games, Nurse has six points (two goals, four assists), a plus-7 and 21 SOG and is averaging 24:40 per game. With Oscar Klefbom's struggles and the recent injury to Adam Larsson, Nurse, 22, will continue to be leaned on heavily and potentially become more of a focal point offensively as well. He doesn't have a power-play role, but he quietly ranks 14th among defensemen in SOG (72 in 27 games).

Other options: Noah Hanifin, CAR (13 percent), Jakob Chychrun, ARI (2 percent), Thomas Chabot, OTT (6 percent)

 

GOALTENDER

Tristan Jarry, PIT (54 percent): The Pittsburgh Penguins backup has gotten a ton of praise from our fantasy staff lately, and rightfully so after going 4-0-0 since Thanksgiving. Two of the wins came in a home-and-home sweep of the struggling Buffalo Sabres, but the timing of Jarry's strong play could not be better after starter Matt Murray went down with a lower-body injury Nov. 27. Jarry, 22, is a potential keeper-league gem and needs to be added in all formats. He has a .937 save percentage through six games (five starts).

Video: BUF@PIT: Jarry stops Kane on partial breakaway

Aaron Dell, SJS (25 percent): The San Jose Sharks are tied for the most games this week, meaning Dell could get another start or two, even with Martin Jones back from injury. San Jose's offense has been inconsistent but this goaltending tandem has been as steady as any League-wide; the Sharks rank second in team SV% (.925) behind the Los Angeles Kings (.931). Dell went 2-0-0 with two goals allowed in two games last week and now has a .931 SV% in 30 career NHL games (24 starts).

Streaming options: Anton Forsberg, CHI (23 percent), Scott Wedgewood, ARI (6 percent)

MOST GAMES THIS WEEK: NYI, STL, CGY, SJS (four each); FEWEST: DET (two)

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