Week of 12/2/18
C/LW Zach Hyman (Toronto Maple Leafs): Hyman is currently on a three game point streak that has seen four points within the span, including Toronto’s most recent contest where he found the back of the net twice. He has found a way to produce on a high octane offense through the first half of 2018-19 by posting 6 G. 8 A, +10. He’s worth keeping tabs on for owners who may be in the market for forward assistance.
D Noah Hanifin (Calgary Flames): Defensive help anyone? Hanafin is starting to prove to be an offensive contributor at the blue line in terms of racking up helpers. The Flames’ defenseman has 10 assists on the year to go along with additional couple of goals, and if he can start producing on a consistent basis, he’s worth an almost immediate add in all league formats.
RW Kyle Okposo (Buffalo Sabres): So how bout these Sabres? Owners can no longer ignore that this team has officially been producing long enough to add fantasy value in all league formats. Okposo is as streaky as they come, but when he does find himself in the middle of a hot streak, opponents pay the price. He’s kicked off his 2018-19 campaign nicely by finding the back of the net 5 times, as well as dishing out 10 helpers during Buffalo’s recent hot start. The question for Okposo (and the rest of the Sabres) will be can they continue this kind of production for a full 82 game season.
C David Krejci (Boston Bruins): The 32 year old center continues to be a vital piece to the Boston offense in 2018-19. While he’s not a pure goal scorer, he’s racked up 17 assists in 26 games for the Bruins. He’s surprisingly only owned in 20% of all Yahoo seasonal leagues, and considering missing time seems to be scarce, Krejci’s one ice vision allows him to dish out helpers without any hiccup. The veteran forward should at least be considered for a potential roster stash at this point in the season.
Week of 11/25/18
RW Kasperi Kapanen (Toronto Maple Leafs): Kapanen has taken advantage of playing in Toronto’s top 6, as he’s tallied 10 goals & 7 helpers on the season. Kapanen continues his consistent play, as the young winger has posted 5 points in his last 6 games, 4 of those points finding the back of the net. He’s a must add if he’s available in all league formats.
D Oscar Klefbom (Edmonton Oilers): Klefbom is a solid add for any owner looking for reliable defensive depth. Klefbom will not score goals (as he hasn’t found the back of the net yet this season), but he is still producing a +1 on an ailing Edmonton team, and he will tally that occasional assist to assist in fantasy offensive output. While he hasn’t had put any past a netminder yet, it’s also interesting to note that Klefbom has a rather impressive 75 SOG through the first few months of the season. Klefbom should only be picked up by owners in leagues that place emphasis on +/-, and he should be played strategically rather than consistently.
RW Alex Tuch (Las Vegas Golden Knights): The second winger on this week’s waiver wire is Alex Tuch. Tuch skates for an offensive heavyweight in Vegas, which has helped him quietly put up impressive numbers the past few weeks. The forward has tallied 9 points in his last 8 games, posting a season total of 7 G, 10 A. If the past few weeks are a sign of things to come, Tuch should be among consideration for anyone looking for forward assistance on the right side.
F Brock Nelson (New York Islanders): Nelson has distributed points evenly through the first part of 2018-19 with a solid statline of 9 G, 9 A. The Islander’s vet has recently found his stride by posting 8 points in his last 7 games, and while streaky, Nelson has versatile capability that can help any owner’s overall fantasy output. If the Islanders can continue to produce offensively, Nelson is a forward at least worth keeping an eye on.
Week of 11/18/18
F Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning): Johnson is a forward who gets lost in the mix of an elite offense who finds themselves scoring at will more often than not. The veteran forward is quietly having a good start to the 2018-19 campaign with an accumulation of 7 goals and 7 helpers, including a goal and an assist in his last two games. For owners who are in leagues where +/- is a point of emphasis, Johnson may not be the best choice, as despite his offensive output, his defensive struggles have seen him with a -1 or -2 in 5 straight games. Still, the fact he’s able to utilize his offensive talents in a potent offense such as Tampa’s make him worth the risk in the long run.
C Patrick Marleau (Toronto Maple Leafs): Age is indeed just a number, and veteran Center Patrick Marleau is making that exact point loud and clear. Marleau plays on a dynamic offense, and while he’s likely not going to put up the offensive output he did in San Jose, the Leafs forward has tallied 4 goals & 8 assists early in 2018-19. That statline isn’t the impressive part, as Marleau has tallied a point in 6 of his last 7 games.
C Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets): Foligno is a vital piece in the Columbus attack, the Jackets Center has tallied 6 goals and 12 total points in 19 games played this season. Foligno has shown he can produce points throughout a season’s duration, as before last season’s 33 point output, Foligno boasted a 51 point season that included a beautiful balance of 26 G, 25 A. Two years prior to that, the forward had a career year by putting up 73 points that saw him find the back of the net 31 times. Those types of numbers, while inconsistent, shouldn’t be ignored, especially if Foligno manages to find himself on a hot streak.
C Kyle Turris (Nashville Predators): Turris has pure scoring ability, and when he stays healthy, he easily hits 50 points throughout a season’s duration. The problem with Turris is being able to stay on the ice, as since 2012-13, he’s suited for at least 60 games only 3 times. Those 3 seasons saw statlines of 2013-14 (82 GP): 26 G 32 A; 2014-15 (82 GP): 24 G 40 A; and 2017-18 (65 GP): 13 G 29 A. If he stays healthy, he’s one of the most reliable fantasy producing centers in the game, and it doesn’t hurt he currently plays for an always capable Nashville team.
Week of 11/11/18
C Jonathan Drouin (Montreal Canadiens): Drouin has put up 5 points in Montreal’s last 4 games, including finding the back of the net twice. Montreal has surprisingly gotten off to a fast start despite their attempted focus on the recently implemented youth movement. As long as the Canadiens can continue to provide an offensive output on a consistent basis, Drouin should bring fantasy value in most formats.
D Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg Jets): Let’s face it, it’s hard to find defensemen that are reliable when it comes to fantasy value. Trouba isn’t going to be a lineup changer, but he can add depth on a team that has allowed the third least amount of GA in the Western Conference. Trouba is defensively sound, and can occasionally grab an assist here and there, as he’s already tallied 7 in this young 2018-19 season.
C Jordan Eberle (New York Islanders): Perhaps a low risk, high reward move, adding Eberle could provide an offensive spark during the fantasy playoff chase. Eberle has battled with minor injuries early on, but has still managed to put up 3 G, 4 A in 14 games played thus far. The Islanders have been nothing but business since moving on from Jon Tavares and entering the Lou Lamoriello era. Eberle could quietly be one of the most fantasy effective forwards available in most leagues.
W David Perron (St. Louis Blues): The versatile forward is the definition of streaky. One week he’ll be lighting the lamp on a nightly basis, the next week you may forget he’s on the Blues roster. That’s been the case early on, as Perron’s hot start has recently cooled, but if there is anything hockey fans know, they know that with Perron, what goes down, eventually rises back up. Despite the current drought, Perron has managed to produce 5 goals & 6 helpers on the year. Owners should attempt to time up this transaction with one of Perron’s hot streaks, however, much easier said than done.
Week of 11/4/18
RW Josh Bailey (New York Islanders): Bailey won’t be on the waiver wire very long at this pace. The Islander forward has tallied 10 points in his past 7 games, and while still early, he looks to be a vital part of the Islander core moving forward. The question remains if the Islanders can keep the offensive production consistent throughout 2018-19 for him to be a true viable fantasy option.
RW Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings): Brown made his season debut just a few games ago, and in has gotten off to a more than solid start in just three contests. Brown has found the back of the net twice, and added two helpers the three times he’s laced up the skates in 2018=-19. One has to think the Kings will eventually be able to provide consistent offensive output, and there’s no reason Brown shouldn’t be involved to at least a decent degree.
C/LW Boone Jenner (Columbus Blue Jackets): Jenner is out to prove last season’s thirty goal season was only a sign of things to come for the Columbus forward. While his production will likely be sporadic, Columbus is a talented enough team where Jenner should see ample point opportunity throughout. Will Jenner be able to have another 30 goal year? Not neccessarily, but he’s a versatile forward who will be involved with the Jackets’ scoring.
D Shea Weber (Montreal Canadiens): Weber is expected to return to the ice mid-December without any potential setbacks. So far, that timeline is still holding up, and the fact Montreal is surprisingly, not terrible, the Canadiens may want him back on the ice sooner rather than later to potentially stay in the playoff chase. He’s worth stashing if you have the room on your bench, as he’s sure to be one of your best fantasy defensemen when he returns to the ice in a little over a month.
Week of 10/21/18
D Maxime Lajoie (Ottawa Senators): Lajoie has gotten off to an extremely hot start, and is quickly showing he’s a blue liner that brings offensive output. The Sens’ defender has tallied 4 goals & 3 assists in just 6 games played thus far. The question will be if the 20 year old can remain a consistent offensive force beyond the first couple of weeks. He’s definitely worth keeping on your radar as an early waiver claim.
C Bo Horvat (Vancouver Canucks): Horvat is a promising 23 year old that has pure scoring ability. He’s been able to put up 5 points in first 7 games, 4 of those finding the back of the net as goals. Horvat has tallied at least 40 points in 3 of his first 4 NHL seasons, including last year’s balanced performance of 22 G 22 A. He’s clearly shown he brings consistent fantasy value, and is worth an add for managers looking for depth at center.
RW Jakub Silfverberg (Anaheim Ducks): Silfverberg recently went down with a fractured finger, but Anahiem has already stated he isn’t expected to be out long term. The winger tallied 7 points ( 3 G, 4 A) in his first 4 games before going down with a fractured finger. As long as Silvferberg can remain healthy, he could end up being a fantasy steal in 2018-19.
C Mika Zibanejad (New York Rangers): By default, Zibanejad will put up points this season. The Rangers are in complete rebuild mode, and Zibanejad is one of the few proven offensive talents on the roster. He likely won’t be able to put up points consistently due to the lack of experience surrounding him, but he’s one of those guys that could end up with more than a few hot streaks as the season plays out. He’s started off by producing a solid 4 points ( 2 G, 2 A) in his first 4 games for the blue shirts.
D Alexander Edler (Vancouver Canucks): Be cautious with this one, if you’re looking for depth at the blue line that has the ability to put up a few points here and there, Edler is an ideal candidate. Edler will not put up points in bunches, but he is a guy who has put up 20 points in 11 straight NHL seasons, including reaching at least 30 points more than half of that time. However, if +/- is a decisive factor, this youthful Canucks team make Edler a risky choice, as he’s dealt with Vancouver growing pains the past few seasons by finishing with a -18 & -20 the past two seasons.