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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Buchnevich must-own wing with Zibanejad; Petersen efficient goalie for Kings

by James Harding / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Every Monday during the season, NHL.com will provide the top 10 players to add off the fantasy hockey waiver wire. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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NOTES: Based on fantasy transaction data and other factors including production, lineup and/or injury trends, these players are worth considering in season-long leagues. Forward positions indicate eligibility in Yahoo leagues.

 

FORWARD

Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR: He had two assists and four shots on goal for the New York Rangers in their loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday to extend his point streak to five games. Buchnevich has consecutive multipoint games and seven points (one goal, six assists), two power-play points and 15 SOG during his streak. He is skating with elite center Mika Zibanejad, who has 33 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in his past 20 games, at even strength and on the first power play and is a must-own fantasy asset down the stretch.

Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, OTT: He had two assists in the Ottawa Senators' overtime win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Duclair has points in consecutive games since returning from an ankle injury that caused him to miss four games and is the Senators' leading goal scorer (23) after Jean-Gabriel Pageau was traded to the New York Islanders on Feb. 24. Ottawa plays four games this week, including favorable matchups against the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks, making Duclair worth adding in standard leagues again.

Luke Kunin, C/RW, MIN: He scored his 15th goal of the season for the Minnesota Wild in their loss to the Kings on Saturday. Kunin has points in four consecutive games (two goals, two assists) since returning after missing five games with an upper-body injury. He has been centering the top line with valuable forwards Kevin Fiala, who has 15 points in his past 10 games, and Zach Parise (eight points in his past six games) in the absence of Eric Staal (personal). Kunin will have sneaky streaming value for the fantasy playoffs if he can maintain this lineup placement and is worth rostering in the short-term.

Justin Williams, RW, CAR: He scored two goals on five SOG in the Carolina Hurricanes' win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, extending his goal streak to four games; he has five goals and has 20 SOG in that span. Williams is worth streaming in deep leagues and could provide a scoring boost for Carolina on the third line with center Jordan Staal.

Alex Iafallo, LW, LAK: He had two assists and two blocked shots in the Kings' win against the Wild on Saturday. Iafallo has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and 17 SOG in his past 11 games and has already set NHL career highs with 16 goals, 26 assists and 42 points in 68 games. He has consistently been skating their top line with forwards Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown and has points in four of his past seven home games; each of the Kings' next four games are at home.

Alex Nylander, LW/RW, CHI: He has points in two of his past four games (one goal, two assists) with two hits and eight SOG in that span. Nylander has been moved around the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup this season but has settled in on their second line with elite forward Patrick Kane and center Dylan Strome. Fantasy owners should monitor the usage of Strome and Nylander throughout the fantasy playoffs as high-upside options for spots starts off the waiver wire.

Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, CBJ: He has goals in three straight games and has been providing category coverage over his past six games totaling three goals, two assists, four hits, three blocked shots and 18 SOG. Nyquist is skating on the top line and first power play and has been averaging 19:34 of ice time in his past 10 games, up from his season average of 18:00. The Columbus Blue Jackets play two games this week, but they are winnable matchups against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Other forwards to consider, including some who have been featured in previous fantasy top 10 waiver wire lists: Ilya Kovalchuk, WSH; Vladislav Namestnikov, COL; Richard Panik, WSH; Nicolas Aube-Kubel, PHI; Conor Sheary, PIT; Zack Kassian, EDM; Matt Duchene, NSH; Nikita Gusev, NJD

 

DEFENSEMAN

Vince Dunn, STL: He scored a power-play goal and had three SOG in the St. Louis Blues' loss to the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Dunn has four points (two goals, two assists), two power-play points and seven SOG in his past five games. The Blues have four games this week (Florida Panthers, Ducks, Sharks and Senators).

Erik Johnson, COL: He has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games and is covering categories with a plus-6 rating, 14 hits and 13 blocks over the span skating mostly on the second pair at even strength. Johnson is a must-add skater for the fantasy playoffs with rookie defenseman Cale Makar (upper body) day to day. The Avalanche have four games this week against the Kings, Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights.

Other D-men to consider, including some who have been featured in previous fantasy top 10 waiver wire lists: TJ Brodie, CGY; Devon Toews, NYI; Ben Hutton, LAK; Jared Spurgeon, MIN; Travis Sanheim, PHI; Duncan Keith, CHI; Adam Fox, NYR; Dakota Mermis, NJD

 

GOALIE

Calvin Petersen, LAK: He made 25 saves for the Kings in their 7-3 win against the Wild on Saturday. Petersen has won each of his past three starts and started four of the past six games, going 3-1-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. He should be considered in a timeshare situation with teammate Jonathan Quick. But, with favorable matchups against the Senators, Ducks and Montreal Canadiens in three of their next four games, Petersen could be given the chance for an increased workload.

Other goalies to consider, including some who have been featured in previous fantasy top 10 waiver wire lists: Cory Schneider, NJD; Alex Stalock, MIN; Juuse Saros, NSH; Corey Crawford, CHI; Alexandar Georgiev, NYR; Jack Campbell, TOR; Mikko Koskinen, EDM

 

GAMES THIS WEEK:

MOST: ANA, CAR, COL, EDM, PIT, BUF, STL, TBL, VAN, NYI, NJD, PHI, OTT, NSH, WPG (four each)

FEWEST: CGY, CBJ (two each)

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