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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Miller, Sergachev bring elite exposure for Lightning; Mantha worth adding from Red Wings; Campbell has sneaky value for Kings

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. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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FORWARDS

J.T. Miller, C/LW, TBL (34 percent owned): The Tampa Bay Lightning forward had a goal and an assist against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, extending his point streak to six games. Miller has eight points (one goal, seven assists), including three on the power play and six shots on goal during the streak, becoming a must-add skater for the final week of the season. He is taking advantage of exposure to elite forward Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov on the top power play and has favorable matchups against the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens to begin the week.

Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET (29 percent owned): The Detroit Red Wings forward had a hat trick and two assists in their win against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, extending his point streak to five games. Mantha has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) and four power-play points over the span, mostly skating on a line with center Dylan Larkin, who also has a five-game point streak, and wing Tyler Bertuzzi, who has points in his past four. Mantha is bordering on must-own territory for the final week with his production and prime lineup placement at both even strength and on the power play.

Jordan Eberle, RW, NYI (20 percent owned): The New York Islanders right wing scored in their win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past four games skating on a line with center Mathew Barzal and left wing Anders Lee. Eberle scored 25 goals last season skating on a line with Barzal at even strength and is worth targeting in deeper leagues with the lineup placement. The Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR (9 percent owned): The New York Rangers right wing extended his point streak to seven games with his 20th goal of the season in their win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. Buchnevich has eight points (four goals, four assists) including two on the power play and 19 SOG while skating on the first line with forwards Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. Buchnevich is worth streaming with his current level of production and the Rangers playing four games this week.

Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW, CBJ (5 percent owned): The Columbus Blue Jackets right wing scored his 21st goal of the season with six SOG in their win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Bjorkstrand has scored at least one goal in each of his past five games and in six of his past seven games overall. He has three winnable matchups against the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators to finish the season, making him an intriguing option in all league formats and in FanDuel DFS contests.

Sam Steel, C, ANA (1 percent owned): The Anaheim Ducks center had an assist and two SOG in their game against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Steel has points in three of his past four games (three goals, two assists) and has been centering the first line with forwards Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg in place of Ryan Getzlaf. Steel is worth adding in deeper leagues as a spot pickup with the Ducks only playing two games this week, fewest in the NHL.

Other forwards to consider: Kevin Labanc, SJS; David Krejci, BOS; Cody Eakin, VGK; Ryan Strome, NYR; Brady Tkachuk; OTT; Andrew Shaw, MTL; Andreas Athanasiou, DET; Dustin Brown, LAK; Ryan Dzingel, CBJ

 

DEFENSEMEN

Mikhail Sergachev, TBL (44 percent owned): The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman had two assists, including one on the power play against the Capitals. Sergachev has back-to-back multipoint games (four assists) and could see an elevated role with Victor Hedman (upper body) day to day. Sergachev brings exposure to elite forwards in the Lightning top six and is worth rostering with four games this week, including two winnable matchups against the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. 

Brett Kulak, MTL (1 percent owned): The Montreal Canadiens defenseman had one assist, three SOG and one hit in their game against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Kulak is enjoying an offensive breakout with points in four of his past five games (two goals, four assists) and has becoming worth rostering in deeper leagues and as a value target in DFS contests. 

Other D-men to consider: Vince Dunn, STL; Oscar Klefbom, EDM; Alexander Edler, VAN; Ryan Pulock, NYI; Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS; Miro Heiskanen, DAL; Cam Fowler, ANA; Thomas Chabot, OTT; Nate Schmidt, VGK
 

GOALIES

Roberto Luongo, FLA (41 percent owned): The Florida Panthers goalie stopped 30 of 31 shots faced in their 4-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Luongo has won back-to-back games and three of his past four starts with a 2.57 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in that span, making him a target for spot starts during the final week of the season. The Panthers have three home games remaining against the Washington Capitals, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils.

Jack Campbell, LAK (7 percent owned): The Los Angeles Kings goalie stopped 33 of 35 shots faced in their 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Campbell has won two of his past four appearances and has a 2.15 goals-against average and .937 save percentage with one shutout over the span. He is fourth in the NHL with a 2.30 GAA and is tied with Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders with a .926 SV%. The Kings have four games over the final week of the season, and Campbell should see playing time with the Kings eliminated from the playoffs.

Other goalies to consider: Philipp Grubauer, COL; Alexandar Georgiev, NYR; Malcolm Subban, VGK; Carter Hart, PHI; Jimmy Howard, DET

GAMES THIS WEEK:

MOST: CHI, COL, EDM, LAK, NYR, OTT, STL, TBL, TOR, WPG (4 each)

FEWEST: ANA (2)

 

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