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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Pageau, Nilsson underrated options from Senators; DeAngelo on Rangers' top power-play unit

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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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.

 

FORWARDS

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, C, OTT: The Ottawa Senators center has scored five goals and has 13 shots on goal during a four-game goal streak. He leads Ottawa with eight goals and is tied for first with 12 points. He is playing on a line with Connor Brown, who also has 12 points, and Nick Paul, and is worth streaming in all league formats with four games this week.

David Krejci, C, BOS: The Boston Bruins center was held without a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday but had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Krejci has six points (two goals, four assists), two power-play points and 12 SOG in six games since returning from an upper-body injury. He is the center on Boston's second line and second power-play unit. He is a must-own fantasy asset in all league formats, especially if he begins to see usage on the Bruins' elite top power-play unit.

Jared McCann, C/LW, PIT: The Pittsburgh Penguins forward had an assist in a 3-2 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday to extend his point streak to three games. McCann has five points (one goal, four assists) in that span and six points (two goals, four assists) and 11 SOG in his past five games. He has been elevated to Pittsburgh's second line with elite center Evgeni Malkin and is playing on the wing on the second power-play unit. He is worth streaming in fantasy as long as he remains in the Penguins' top six with exposure to either Malkin or Sidney Crosby.

Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, CBJ: The Columbus Blue Jackets forward has four points (one goal, three assists), two PPP and seven SOG in the past two games. Nyquist is tied for the Columbus lead with eight assists and 11 points, and he is tied for third with 45 SOG in 17 games. He is playing on a line with center Pierre-Luc Dubois, who also has 11 points, and on the top power-play unit, and will remain one of the most fantasy-relevant Blue Jackets forwards this season.

Sam Steel, C, ANA: The Anaheim Ducks center has four assists in the past three games. Steel has seven assists in 14 games this season and has been elevated to their second line with valuable forwards Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg. He has high value in deeper leagues and should be on most fantasy radars for the remainder of the season if he can maintain his current lineup placement.

Joel Farabee, LW/RW, PHI: The Flyers rookie was held without a point in a 3-2 shootout win at the Bruins on Sunday but had an assist in a 3-2 shootout victory at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and has three points (two goals, one assist) and 13 SOG in the past six games. Farabee is playing on the Flyers' top line with elite center Claude Giroux and forward James van Riemsdyk, and is worth adding in most league formats, especially keeper and re-draft leagues.

Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, MIN: The Minnesota Wild forward had a goal and an assist with two SOG in a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Fiala has scored a goal in three of the past four games. He could have sustained fantasy value in deeper league formats if he remains in the Wild top six and on the second power-play unit.

Other forwards to consider: Robby Fabbri, DET; Alex Galchenyuk, PIT; Joonas Donskoi, COL; Danton Heinen, BOS; Dylan Strome, CHI; Yanni Gourde, TBL; Jaden Schwartz, STL; Jonathan Drouin, MTL; Radek Faksa, DAL; Ryan Johansen, NSH; Ryan Strome, NYR; Brandon Saad, CHI; Mikael Backlund, CGY; Nick Schmaltz, ARI; Eric Staal, MIN; Tyler Ennis, OTT; Tomas Tatar, MTL

 

DEFENSEMEN

Tony DeAngelo, NYR: He has been the New York Rangers' most productive fantasy defenseman this season, leading the group with 13 points (five goals, eight assists), six more than Jacob Trouba, who is second. DeAngelo's six PPP are tied with elite forward Artemi Panarin for most on the Rangers. If he can remain in their top four and on the point of the first power play, DeAngelo could have 40-plus points this season.

Michal Kempny, WSH: The Washington Capitals defenseman has five assists, five SOG and seven blocked shots in the past four games. Kempny is taking advantage of an expanded offensive role this season, skating with elite defenseman John Carlson on the first pair at even strength. He has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 games and is a must-own fantasy defenseman in all formats with his exposure to the Capitals' potent top-six forward group for four games this week.

Other D-men to consider: Philippe Myers, PHI; Adam Fox, NYR; Noah Hanifin, CGY; Ryan Suter, MIN; Duncan Keith, CHI; Devon Toews, NYI; Brian Dumoulin, PIT; Jakob Chychrun, ARI

 

GOALIES

Anders Nilsson, OTT: The Senators goalie made 38 saves in a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Nilsson has won three straight starts and four of his past five, and he is 4-3-1 with a 2.66 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in eight games. He is expected to start against the Hurricanes on Monday, and the Senators have three games remaining this week, including a favorable matchup against the New Jersey Devils and a back-to-back against the Flyers and Buffalo Sabres. Nilsson could start three of the four games and is worth adding as a standalone option for the week or a spot start in most leagues.

Other goalies to consider: Corey Crawford, CHI; Pavel Francouz, COL; Antti Raanta, ARI; Curtis McElhinney, TBL; Jaroslav Halak, BOS; Anton Khudobin, BOS; Thatcher Demko, VAN; Juuse Saros, NSH; Ilya Samsonov, WSH

 

GAMES THIS WEEK:

MOST: ARI, OTT, WSH (4 each)
FEWEST: CBJ, NSH, NYI, TBL (2)

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