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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Krejci, Stastny among valuable second line centers; Gustafsson must-own defenseman for Blackhawks; McElhinney leads list of intriguing goalies

by James Harding / NHL.com Fantasy Correspondent

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.

 

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FORWARDS

Paul Stastny, C, VGK (30 percent owned): The Vegas Golden Knights center scored a goal and had three shots on goal in their win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Stastny has points in six of his past nine games, totaling nine points (four goals, five assists) and 16 SOG, on a line with mostly forwards Alex Tuch (56 percent owned) and either left wing Max Pacioretty or Brandon Pirri (C/LW, 24 percent owned). Stastny has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 18 games and is worth owning in standard leagues.

David Krejci, C, BOS (26 percent owned): The Boston Bruins center scored a goal for the second consecutive game in their win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Krejci has points in four of his past six games totaling two goals and three assists with seven SOG over the span. He has been skating on a line with wings Jake DeBrusk (24 percent owned) and David Backes (6 percent owned) and on the second power play. Krejci has 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in 45 games, putting him on pace for 63 points, and Boston has four winnable games this week against the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.

Justin Williams, RW, CAR (16 percent owned): The Carolina Hurricanes right wing scored a goal for the fifth consecutive game in their win against the Nashville Predators on Sunday, extending his point streak to seven games. Williams has scored a goal in six of the seven games in the span and now has 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 45 games. He is worth streaming in deeper leagues if wing Micheal Ferland (50 percent owned) is not available. Williams is skating on the third line at even strength and first power play with Ferland, elite forward Sebastian Aho, wing Teuvo Teravainen and defenseman Justin Faulk.

Bobby Ryan, LW/RW, OTT (8 percent owned): The Ottawa Senators wing had an assist in their loss to the San Jose Sharks, extending his point streak to seven games. Ryan has eight points in the span and 10 points (three goals, seven assists), three power-play points and 21 SOG in his past 11 games. He's skating with forward Ryan Dzingel (26 percent owned) at even strength and on the first power play with fantasy-relevant forwards Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk. Ryan, who should also benefit from the return of Matt Duchene (personal), has 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 43 games, and two of his three games this week are on the road, where he has 16 points in 21 games this season.

Conor Garland, LW, ARI (8 percent owned): The Arizona Coyotes wing has six goals and 18 SOG in his past five games and 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in 18 games this season. Garland is skating on a line and power-play unit with forward Alex Galchenyuk (37 percent owned), who has points in eight of his past 11 games. Garland is worth monitoring in deeper leagues and should be considered as a value play in FanDuel.

Michael Frolik, RW, CGY (6 percent owned): The Calgary Flames right wing had two assists against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday, extending his point streak to three games. Frolik has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past three games and 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 15 SOG in his past eight games. He is skating on the second line with valuable left wing Matthew Tkachuk and center Mikael Backlund. Three of Calgary's next four games are at home, where Frolik has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and 27 SOG in 15 games.

Others to consider: Joonas Donskoi, SJS; Ryan Dzingel, OTT; Saku Maenalanen, CAR; Bryan Little, WPG; Jakub Vrana, WSH; Kevin Fiala, NSH; Nico Hischier, NJD; Tanner Pearson, PIT  

 

DEFENSEMEN

Erik Gustafsson, CHI (44 percent owned): The Blackhawks defenseman had two power-play assists in their loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday, extending his point streak to eight games. Gustafsson has 11 assists over the span and at least one power-play point in six of the eight games. He is skating on the top defense pair at even strength and running the point on the first power play with exposure to top forwards Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat. Gustafsson has become a must-own fantasy defenseman for the rest of the season.

Others to consider: Filip Hronek, DET; Devon Toews, NYI; Jakob Chychrun, ARI; Jacob Trouba, WPG; Marcus Pettersson, PIT

 

GOALIES

Curtis McElhinney, CAR (25 percent owned): The Carolina Hurricanes goalie made 30 saves in a win against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, extending his winning streak to four games. McElhinney (25 percent owned) is 11-5-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .921 save percentage in 17 games and 4-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .929 SV% in his past five games. McElhinney is a must-own fantasy asset for the rest of the season, even if he continues in a timeshare with Petr Mrazek (26 percent owned), who stopped 20 of 23 shots faced in a win against the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

Mackenzie Blackwood, NJD (36 percent owned): The New Jersey Devils rookie made 32 saves in a win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday after missing three games with a lower-body injury. Blackwood is 4-2-0 in nine games (seven starts), allowing two goals or fewer in eight of them, and should continue to see more starts with Keith Kinkaid's recent struggles. Blackwood is worth adding in standard leagues, and the Devils are one of 10 teams in the NHL with four games this week.

Jordan Binnington, STL (20 percent owned): The St. Louis Blues rookie stopped 21 of 22 shots faced in a win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Binnington has won all three of his starts and has a 1.45 GAA and .945 SV% in five games. Teammate Jake Allen has one win in his past five starts and has allowed three goals or more in three of those outings, meaning Binnington could continue to see increased usage. Binnington is worth adding in standard leagues, especially as a handcuff for Allen. The Blues have four games this week, including back-to-back games against the Washington Capitals on Monday and New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Others to consider: Joonas Korpisalo, CBJ; Darcy Kuemper, ARI; Carter Hart, PHI; Laurent Brossoit, WPG

 

GAMES THIS WEEK:

MOST: ANA, BOS, EDM, MIN, MTL, NJD, NYI, STL, TOR, WSH (4 each)

FEWEST: VGK (2)

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