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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Duclair, Knight worth targeting for Panthers; Suzuki heating up for Canadiens

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

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FORWARDS

David Krejci, C, and Craig Smith, RW, BOS

The Boston Bruins center had three assists, one on the power play, in their win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Krejci has scored seven points (two goals, five assists) with three multipoint games in his past three games and 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and 22 shots on goal in his past 11 games. Smith scored a hat trick with five SOG against the Sabres and has consecutive multipoint games (three goals, two assists). Each is a must-add forward with a combined four games this week against the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. 

Yegor Sharangovich, C/LW/RW, NJD

The Devils forward scored a goal and had an assist against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Sharangovich has scored five points (four goals, one assist) in his past three games and 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past nine games with 24 SOG in that span. Sharangovich's 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) are tied with forward Jesper Bratt for third on the Devils in scoring, and Sharangovich is seeing an expanded role skating on an underrated top line with forwards Jack Hughes and Janne Kuokkanen, each of whom is worth streaming in deeper leagues as well.

Nick Suzuki, C/RW, MTL

The Montreal Canadiens center had a power-play assist and three SOG in their win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, extending his point streak to five games. Suzuki has four goals, three assists, three power-play points and 13 SOG during his streak and has been playing center on the second line and first power play. The Canadiens have a combined four games this week against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, and Suzuki has combined for 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 35 SOG in 16 games against those opponents this season.

Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, FLA

The Florida Panthers forward extended his point streak to five games with two goals and one assist in their win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Duclair, who has been thriving on a line with elite left wing Jonathan Huberdeau and valuable center Sam Bennett. has scored seven points (four goals, three assists) during the streak and points in 10 of his past 11 games (15 points; six goals, nine assists) with 24 SOG. He is a must-add fantasy wing despite the fact the Panthers play only two games this week. UPDATE: Bennett is day to day with an upper-body injury.

Alexander Barabanov, RW, SJS

The San Jose Sharks forward is taking advantage of being elevated to their top line at even strength and the first power play with forwards Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane. Barabanov scored a power-play goal and had an assist in their loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday and has four points (two goals, two assists), four blocks and five SOG in his past four games. He is rostered in fewer than one percent of Yahoo leagues and worth adding as a streaming option in deep leagues for the remainder of the regular season.

Casey Mittelstadt, C/LW/RW, BUF

The Sabres center had two assists in their loss to the Bruins on Saturday, extending his point streak to five games. Mittelstadt has scored six points (two goals, four assists) in the span and 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and 32 SOG in his past 17 games. He is worth adding with tri-eligibility in Yahoo leagues and has four games this week, two each against the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Other forwards to consider: Tyler Seguin, DAL; Cole Caufield, MTL; Kirby Dach, CHI; Jakub Vrana, DET; Jack Hughes, NJD; Jordan Kyrou, STL; Jakub Voracek, PHI; Jason Spezza, TOR; Sam Reinhart, BUF; Danton Heinen, ANA; Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier, NYI; Nick Schmaltz, ARI; Adrian Kempe, LAK

DEFENSEMEN

Mattias Ekholm, NSH

The Nashville Predators defenseman had an assist and six SOG in their shutout win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Ekholm extended his point streak to three games and has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past six games with 17 SOG and a plus-8 in that span. He is skating on the second pair at even strength and running the point on their second power play with Ryan Ellis. He has three games this week, including two favorable matchups against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ekholm and Ellis are each must-roster defensemen in fantasy, especially after valuable forward teammate Filip Forsberg returned for Nashville on Saturday.

Mikey Anderson, LAK

The Los Angeles Kings rookie is skating on their top pair with valuable defenseman Drew Doughty at even strength. Anderson has three points (one goal, two assists), seven SOG, nine hits and nine blocks in his past seven games and is averaging 21:03 per game this season, which leads NHL rookie defensemen. The Kings play two games each against the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche this week, making Anderson worth streaming in deep leagues.

Other defensemen to consider: Cam Fowler, ANA; Tyler Myers, VAN; Damon Severson, NJD; Jonas Brodin, MIN; Ryan Ellis, NSH; Dmitry Orlov, WSH; Mike Reilly, BOS

GOALIES

Spencer Knight, FLA

The Panthers rookie made 24 saves in their 4-3 overtime win at the Blackhawks on Thursday. Knight has won each of his first three appearances (two starts) and has a 1.67 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. The Panthers have two games this week, and Knight is expected to start against the Stars on Monday. Florida's No. 1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed at least three goals in five of his past seven games.

Other goalies to consider: Devan Dubnyk, COL; Jake Allen, MTL; Jake Oettinger, DAL; Jeremy Swayman, BOS; Mackenzie Blackwood, NJD; Ilya Sorokin, NYI; Kaapo Kahkonen, MIN; Thomas Greiss, DET; Braden Holtby, VAN; Anthony Stolarz, ANA

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