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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Hintz, Johansen must-add forwards; Klefbom, Kovalchuk showing signs of bouncing back

by James Harding / Independent Correspondent

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


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



Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL: The Dallas Stars forward is available in more than 40 percent of season-long leagues and is centering their second line at even strength between forwards Joe Pavelski and Mattias Janmark. Hintz has five points (four goals, one assist) and 13 shots on goal in five games, and with Dallas playing five games between Oct. 14 and Oct. 21, he is worth adding in all formats.

Ryan Johansen, C, NSH: The Nashville Predators center had two assists, including one on the power play, in a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday to extend his point streak to five games to start the season (two goals, five assists). Johansen is centering Nashville's first line as well as the top power-play unit and is available in 50 percent of leagues. He is a must-own fantasy asset with his consistent exposure to the Predators top fantasy players.

Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL: The Montreal Canadiens forward extended his point streak to five games with a goal and an assist in their 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Drouin has two goals, four assists and 11 SOG to begin the season and is worth adding in deep league formats.

Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, LAK: The Los Angeles Kings forward had a goal and an assist in a 7-4 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday and has six points (two goals, four assists) in five games, including two multipoint games. Kovalchuk could return solid fantasy value for owners if he sees his role expand in the Kings offense as the season progresses.

Ryan Dzingel, LW/RW, CAR: The Carolina Hurricanes forward has at least one point in four of his first six games, getting two goals and three assists. Dzingel is skating with forward Erik Haula at even strength and with Haula, forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen, and defenseman Dougie Hamilton on Carolina's second power play.

Vladislav Namestnikov, LW/RW, OTT: The Ottawa Senators forward had two goals and an assist in their 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lighting on Saturday and has four points (two goals, two assists) and five SOG in two games since being acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Oct. 7. He is skating in Ottawa's top six and on the second power play, making him worth monitoring in all league formats with a more expanded offensive role than he had with New York.

Tanner Pearson, LW/RW, VAN: The Vancouver Canucks forward scored a goal and had four SOG in their 3-2 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Pearson had 12 points, including nine goals, in 19 games with Vancouver at the end of last season and has four points (two goals, two assists) and 18 SOG in four games this season. He has the chance to eclipse 20 goals for the second time in the NHL (he had 24 with the Kings in 2016-17) and should get more than 180 SOG.

Other forwards to consider: Tyler Toffoli, LAK; Nino Niederreiter, CAR; Josh Bailey, NYI; Ondrej Kase, ANA; Jacob de la Rose, DET; Zack Kassian, EDM; Blake Coleman, NJD; Jared McCann, PIT; Marcus Johansson, BUF; Dylan Gambrell, SJS



Oscar Klefbom, EDM: The Edmonton Oilers defenseman had a goal and an assist in their 4-1 win against the New York Rangers on Saturday to extend his point streak to four games (one goal, six assists). Klefbom also has four power-play points and nine shots on goal in that span, and with exposure to the Oilers' elite forwards at even strength and on the top power-play unit -- Edmonton is second in the NHL at 41.2 percent with the man advantage -- he is a top fantasy option and should be added in all league formats.

Neal Pionk, WPG: The Winnipeg Jets defenseman had an assist on the power play in their 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday to extend his point streak to three games (one goal, two assists). Pionk has five points (two goals, three assists) and 13 SOG in seven games this season, is second on the Jets in average time on ice (23:10), and runs the point on the second power-play unit, making him a fringe play in all league formats.

Other D-men to consider: Brad Hunt, MIN; Filip Hronek, DET; Devon Toews, NYI; Hampus Lindholm, ANA; Mikhail Sergachev, TBL; Brett Pesce, CAR; Justin Schultz, PIT; Colin Miller, BUF; Sean Walker, LAK



Mike Smith, EDM: The Edmonton Oilers goalie made 20 saves in their 4-1 win against the New York Rangers on Saturday and is 3-0-0 with a 2.67 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season. With Edmonton playing four games this week, like teammate Mikko Koskinen, Smith is an excellent option as a third or fourth goalie in all leagues and could provide solid value in DFS contests.

Other goalies to consider: Ilya Samsonov, WSH; Jonathan Bernier, DET; Thatcher Demko, VAN; Jack Campbell, LAK; Jaroslav Halak, BOS 





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