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Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

Krejci continues to produce for Bruins; Sharks goalie Jones bouncing back

by James Harding / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

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FORWARDS

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

The Boston Bruins center has scored points in five of his past seven games (10 points; one goal, nine assists) and five power-play points with 10 shots on goal in the span. Krejci is fourth on the Bruins with 23 points (two goals, 21 assists), second with 11 power-play points and is now skating at even strength with elite right wing David Pastrnak. Smith, who is skating on the first line with top forwards Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, had two assists and three SOG in their win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. He's scored six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games and will be a valuable fantasy add down the stretch of the season if he maintains his current lineup placement. 

Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, MIN

The Minnesota Wild forward had a power-play assist, one hit and four SOG in their win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday and extended his point streak to five games. Fiala has scored six points (one goal, five assists) and two power-play points with 14 SOG in that span. Fiala has 20 points in 33 games, well off of the pace of the 54 points in 64 games he had last season, but is third on the Wild with 10 goals and leads them with five PPP and 99 SOG.

Jason Robertson, LW, DAL

The Dallas Stars rookie had an assist and two SOG in their win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, extending his point streak to four games, but was held without a point in the rematch Sunday. Robertson led NHL rookies with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 17 games in March and had 48 SOG in the span. He had been skating on the Stars' first line with fantasy-relevant forward Joe Pavelski and is second among NHL rookies with 24 points and 21 even-strength points in 30 games behind Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov (31 points).

Rudolfs Balcers, LW, SJS

The San Jose Sharks wing is taking advantage of placement with forwards Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier on their second line. Balcers was held scoreless in their win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday but covered categories with one block, two hits and three SOG. He has scored five points with 20 SOG in his past eight games and brings added value in hits leagues with 11 in that span. He is worth rostering in deeper leagues, especially those that count hits and blocks. 

Casey Mittelstadt, C, BUF

The Buffalo Sabres center scored a goal in their shootout win against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Mittelstadt has points in three consecutive games (two goals, one assist) with four SOG and has been elevated to Buffalo's top line with forwards Taylor Hall and Tage Thompson in the absence of injured Jack Eichel. Mittelstadt is a sneaky streaming option in deeper leagues and should be monitored in most formats if his production continues.

Nick Schmaltz, C/RW, ARI

The Arizona Coyotes forward had a multipoint game (one goal, one assist) and three SOG in their win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and then added an assist and two SOG in the rematch Sunday. Schmaltz has a five-game point streak and eight points and 21 SOG in his past nine games. Arizona has four road games this week against the Kings and Vegas Golden Knights, and Schmaltz has scored 14 points (six goals, eight assists) with 43 SOG in 17 road games this season.

Other forwards to consider: Kyle Palmieri, NJD; Roope Hintz, DAL (DTD); Joonas Donskoi, COL; Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle, NYI; Alex Wennberg or Frank Vatrano, FLA; Eeli Tolvanen, NSH; Phillip Danault, MTL; Nick Ritchie, BOS; Sam Reinhart, BUF; Alex Tuch, VGK

DEFENSEMEN

Filip Hronek, DET

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman had a power-play assist with two SOG and one hit in their win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Hronek has scored four points (one goal, three assists) with 12 SOG in his past six games, averaging 24:13 of ice time and adding four blocks and seven hits in that span. The Red Wings have two games against each of the Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes this week, and Hronek has combined for eight points (one goal, seven assists) against them this season.

Gustav Forsling, FLA

The Florida Panthers defenseman had one assist and five SOG in their win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and then scored a goal on two SOG in the rematch Sunday. Forsling has slotted in on their top pair with MacKenzie Weegar at even strength in place of the injured Aaron Ekblad (leg) and has points in four straight games with 10 SOG in the span.

Other D-men to consider: Nikolai Knyzhov, SJS; Mike Matheson, PIT; Jordan Gross, ARI; Ryan Murray, NJD; Brett Pesce, CAR; Cam Fowler, ANA; Matt Grzelcyk, BOS

GOALIES

Martin Jones, SJS

The Sharks goalie won both games, with one shutout, of their back to back against the Los Angeles Kings over the weekend. Jones won all four of his starts last week and is 6-1-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in his past eight games. He has taken control of the goaltending rotation for the Sharks with Devan Dubnyk, allowing at least three goals in each of his past three starts. Jones is a must-add player in all formats down the stretch to roster as a third or fourth fantasy goalie, especially with favorable matchups ahead against the Ducks and Kings.

Other goalies to consider: Petr Mrazek, CAR; Casey DeSmith, PIT; Jake Oettinger, DAL; Linus Ullmark, BUF; Adin Hill, ARI; Mackenzie Blackwood, NJD; Chris Driedger, FLA

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