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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Boqvist among D-man goal leaders; Francouz nearing return from injury; podcast

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

Each week during the 2021-22 regular 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.

 

FANTASY RANKINGSTop 200

100 forwards | 50 'D' | 25 goalies

Power rankings | Top 25 lines

DFS picks | Projected lineups

 

WEEK 9 FANTASY PICKUPS

 

FORWARD

Michael Bunting, LW, TOR

The Toronto Maple Leafs wing scored a power-play goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday, giving him points in six of his past seven games. Bunting has become a must-roster fantasy player on the top line with elite forwards Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner (day to day with injury). Bunting has scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in that seven-game span and is third in rookie scoring (18 points in 26 games) behind Lucas Raymond (22 in 25) of the Detroit Red Wings and Trevor Zegras (19 in 23) of the Anaheim Ducks.

Sonny Milano, LW/RW, ANA

The Ducks left wing has been one of the biggest fantasy surprises this season skating on a line with mostly Zegras and valuable wing Rickard Rakell. Milano has scored four points (one goal, three assists) in his past two games and 17 points (six goals, 11 assists), six on the power play, in 20 games this season. With exposure to Zegras (14 points, 33 SOG in past 10 games), Milano is a must-add wing from a surprisingly potent Ducks' top six and power play.

Nico Hischier, C, NJD

The New Jersey Devils center scored a goal and had six shots on goal and two hits in their loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. Hischier is showing signs of a bounce-back season with 0.64 points per game (14 in 22 games), not far off from the best rate of his NHL career (0.68 in 2018-19). He has scored points in two of his past three games since the return of valuable forward Jack Hughes, who has been playing left wing of the first line with Hischier and Pavel Zacha, boosting Hischier's fantasy appeal for the rest of the season.

Kailer Yamamoto, RW, EDM

The Edmonton Oilers right wing has recently been elevated to their first line with elite center Connor McDavid (42 points in 23 games; second in NHL) and valuable left wing Zach Hyman (18 in 23). Yamamoto, who has scored one goal in three games playing mostly on McDavid's wing, has shown flashes of brilliance playing with either McDavid or NHL scoring leader Leon Draisaitl (43 points in 23 games) in the past; he scored 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 27 games in 2018-19. The Oilers have shuffled their top two lines multiple times this season, but Yamamoto is still worth streaming in deep leagues.

Anton Lundell, C, FLA

The Florida Panthers rookie has consecutive multipoint games totaling four points (two goals, two assists) and seven SOG. Lundell is playing center on the Panthers' second line with wings Carter Verhaeghe and Maxim Mamin, who scored two goals on Saturday, in the absence of injured Aleksander Barkov and is tied for seventh in rookie scoring (11 points in 20 games).

Vasily Podkolzin, RW, VAN

The Vancouver Canucks rookie scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, giving him five goals on the season despite playing mostly in the bottom six under coach Travis Green, who was fired Monday. Podkolzin could take on a bigger role under new coach Bruce Boudreau and potentially earn even-strength and/or power-play exposure to their top skaters in forward J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat and/or defenseman Quinn Hughes.

Other forwards to consider: Valeri Nichushkin, COL; Aliaksei Protas, WSH; Yanni Gourde, SEA; Conor Garland, VAN; Alexander Kerfoot, TOR; Nino Niederreiter, CAR; Pius Suter, DET; Quinton Byfield, LAK (nearing return); Kyle Okposo, RW, BUF; Evander Kane, SJS (potential stash)

 

DEFENSEMAN

Adam Boqvist, CBJ

The Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman scored two goals against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, giving him eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past seven games. Boqvist is playing on the first power play with exposure to valuable skaters Zach Werenski, Jakub Voracek, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Boone Jenner and worth adding in standard leagues with six goals in 16 games this season, the second most goals per game (0.38) at the position behind Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche (0.56).

Scott Perunovich, STL

The St. Louis Blues rookie has scored three power-play points in his past three games and has made a smooth transition since being recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League, where he scored 20 points in 12 games. Perunovich has five assists, three on the power play, and is plus-4 in 10 games with the Blues and could begin to see an expanded role with defenseman Torey Krug (10 points in 19 games) underachieving.

Jamie Oleksiak, SEA

The Seattle Kraken defenseman had an assist in their win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, extending his point streak to four games totaling five points (one goal, four assists), a plus-9, seven SOG, four hits and six blocks in the span. Oleksiak has suddenly emerged as the Kraken's most valuable fantasy defenseman; he's tied with Vince Dunn for their scoring lead (10 points in 24 games) at the position and has their second most hits (72) behind wing Brandon Tanev (86).

Other D-men to consider: Sean Durzi, LAK; Oliver Kylington, CGY; Lucas Carlsson, FLA; Jamie Drysdale and Hampus Lindholm, ANA; Jonas Brodin, MIN

 

GOALIE

Pavel Francouz, COL

The Avalanche goalie is recovering from an ankle injury but had a 27-save shutout for Colorado of the American Hockey League on Saturday. With starter Darcy Kuemper injured, Francouz could be the No. 1 goalie soon with his only competition being depth options Jonas Johansson and Justus Annunen. Francouz hasn't played in the NHL since 2019-20 because of multiple injuries but has a high ceiling considering he was 21-7-4 with a .923 SV% and one shutout in 34 games that season.

Other goalies to consider: Alexandar Georgiev, NYR; Ben Bishop, DAL, or Tuukka Rask, BOS (potential stashes); Anton Forsberg, OTT; Kaapo Kahkonen, MIN; Adin Hill, SJS

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