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NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week

NHL Waiver Wire: Picks of the Week

Devils dominate while Krakens crack (but in a good way). The Blues haven’t hit the right note and the Predators are skating on thin ice. Most of these facts sound far-fetched, but I do recall that we have recently enjoyed mid to upper 60s temperatures here in Michigan. Take that, Summer Savings!

With the weather set to take us into hibernation, there will be more time available to group and improve fantasy rosters. If you have some light on resources, here are some players that can help you.

(Registered rates from November 11)

in front

William KarlssonVGK (Yahoo: 41%): Thanks to great goaltending and contributions from the entire lineup, the Golden Knights are at the top of the league standings. This column recently mentioned Karlsson in a section with Reilly Smith, so now we highlight Wild Bill himself. Some have pointed to his steady decline from 78 points in the opening campaign in Las Vegas. Injuries have played their part in recent years, but he’s healthy now and has contributed two goals and six assists over the last two weeks. With Karlsson back alongside Smith and Jonathan Marchessaulthe will continue to receive many minutes and scoring opportunities.

Anton LundellFLA (Yahoo: 39%): Lundell came to North America after excelling as a teenager in the Finnish elite league. 44 points and a plus-33 in 65 games as a rookie placed him sixth in Calder Trophy voting. He is looking to expand that production in year two and currently is

Devils dominate while Krakens crack (but in a good way). The Blues haven’t hit the right note and the Predators are skating on thin ice. Most of these facts sound far-fetched, but I do recall that we have recently enjoyed mid to upper 60s temperatures here in Michigan. Take that, Summer Savings!

With the weather set to take us into hibernation, there will be more time available to group and improve fantasy rosters. If you have some light on resources, here are some players that can help you.

(Registered rates from November 11)

in front

William KarlssonVGK (Yahoo: 41%): Thanks to great goaltending and contributions from the entire lineup, the Golden Knights are at the top of the league standings. This column recently mentioned Karlsson in a section with Reilly Smith, so now we highlight Wild Bill himself. Some have pointed to his steady decline from 78 points in the opening campaign in Las Vegas. Injuries have played their part in recent years, but he’s healthy now and has contributed two goals and six assists over the last two weeks. With Karlsson back alongside Smith and Jonathan Marchessaulthe will continue to receive many minutes and scoring opportunities.

Anton LundellFLA (Yahoo: 39%): Lundell came to North America after excelling as a teenager in the Finnish elite league. 44 points and a plus-33 in 65 games as a rookie placed him sixth in Calder Trophy voting. He’s looking to extend that production in year two and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak in his last nine outings. As long as Alexander Barkov still in Florida, Lundell can’t act as a top center, but that shouldn’t matter to someone who’s a top-six offense and is skating more than three minutes a night on the power play.

Kirby RoofDUN (Yahoo: 29%): Dach suffered enough in Chicago, so maybe a change of location was just what he needed. He arrived in Montreal and initially found a spot in the bottom half of the depth chart. Then, in late October, Dach was promoted to the top line and took off, with nine points, including three on the power play, in six contests. You probably can’t add Nick Suzuki or Cole Caufield in your league, but grabbing the other member of this talented trio is consolation enough.

Perfect ColeWPG (Yahoo: 16%): Speaking of skilled forwards falling into a fantastic situation, Perfetti is skating Pierre-Luc Dubois i Blake Wheeler in Winnipeg’s second unit. After going zero in the first two games of the year, he rebounded with three goals, five assists and 22 shots over the next 10. Perfetti’s ice time is decent and a secondary man advantage spot will do for now , although you have to. I think he will level up in both areas soon.

Nick PaulTB (Yahoo: 15%): Paul has been a reliable two-way center for most of his career, with scoring definitely counting as the lesser half of his contributions, so it’s surprising to see him score points in six of seven contests while adding 16 shots and 18 hits on the same. lay back. To own Steven Stamkos i Alex Killorn as linemates of equal strength help, just as Anthony CirelliThe continued absence due to a shoulder injury will likely push Paul into the lineup when he is available, though it may not be for a while.

Ilya MikheyevNPV (Yahoo: 11%): It’s easy to overlook player performances if you don’t remember which team that player is on. In Mikheyev’s case, I honestly didn’t realize he’s in Vancouver now, as I’ve always associated him with Toronto. He appears to be building on his progress with the Leafs last season with four goals, three assists and 19 shots over the last seven contests while playing on a line with Elias Pettersson i Andrei Kuzmenko. Mikheyev’s 18.2 shooting percentage is probably unsustainable given past numbers, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from picking him up.

Kyle PalmieriNYI (Yahoo: 5%): The general advice in recent seasons has been to avoid the Islanders’ skaters, as they haven’t finished in the top half of the league in offense since 2017-18. This bias can still apply in certain cases, although there is a case for Palmieri. Brock Nelson He’s not the flashiest pivot, but he’s been known to make some nice passes. Palmieri also meets Nelson on the first power play, though it remains inferior, and he scored on it Tuesday.

Jordan EberleMAR (Yahoo: 4%): There are quite a few Seattle value forwards to choose from, and you really can’t go wrong with almost anyone among the team’s top nine. Eberle represents this week’s recommendation based on his advanced positioning and respectable stats. Matty Beniers develops rapidly and Jaden Schwartz it is solid when healthy. Eight nine points would generally qualify someone as an insta-aggregator, though Eberle’s shooting isn’t up to his standards and his other categories are rather bare.

defenses

Jake SandersonOTT (Yahoo: 38%): Unlike other rookies, Sanderson is not being made easy as he has already been afforded plenty of ice time. No goals so far, although seven assists, including four PPAs, represent a solid start. The fifth pick in the 2020 draft is averaging more than two minutes on both special teams units, with a pair of cameos on the Senators’ first possession. It’s early, but Sanderson looks like a legitimate upper-range player and is ready to join Thomas Chabot like a war horse.

Arber XhekajDUN (Yahoo: 25%): We’ve all heard the jokes about Xhekaj and his Scrabble-friendly last name, so let’s focus on his activity on the ice. Although he had 34 points in the OHL last season, scoring won’t be his strength in the NHL. Xhekaj is still only 21 and could develop his offensive game, but he won’t be relied upon to find the scoreboard. He has already shown his size and power with 49 hits and 33 PIM; his two goals and two assists are just extra material.

Erik GustafssonWAS (Yahoo: 4%): Gustafsson has generally operated as a power play specialist, and that’s no different now. with John Carlson still marginalized and Dmitry Orlov working through an everyday designation, Gustafsson took advantage of his improved position Monday to record three PPAs as the Chiefs’ leading quarterback. Both Carlson and Orlov could be back soon, though Gustafsson has done enough in his short audition to show he can at least hold down some sort of man advantage duty.

Ben ChiarotIT (Yahoo: 4%): Chiarot is a fringe power play performer at best, but he has recently been deployed alongside Filip Hronek in the second unit. That role could disappear over time, though Chiarot will continue to pick up scoring opportunities as he’s taking two shots a night while logging significant minutes. His 26 points last year, mostly with Montreal, show he can at least provide some offense at a featured position with enough hits and blocks to round out his fantasy portfolio.

The goalkeepers

Martin JonesMAR (Yahoo: 53%): Phillip Grubauer entered 2022-23 as Seattle’s No. 1 but struggled through his first four appearances before hitting IR with a lower-body injury. Not much was expected of Jones after signing in the summer, but he has been excellent, winning five of his last six to finish with a 1.51 GAA and a .940 save percentage. This side of Kraken is different from last year’s version because people don’t care about their offense anymore. That’s good for their goaltenders, and it’s why Jones should do well in fantasy, even if he can’t possibly sustain that upside long-term.

Casey DeSmithPIT (Yahoo: 10%): Pittsburgh hasn’t fared particularly well on the back end, sitting near the bottom of the GAA. Tristan Jarry starred last season but currently lists a 3.38/.903 line, including two outings in which he allowed six goals. On Wednesday, DeSmith hadn’t fared much better at 3.25/.904 with zero wins. Fortunately, he was able to grab that first W after stopping 24 of 25 shots in Washington. While Jarry should continue to lead the way in net for the Pens, DeSmith will get more starts beginning with Friday’s or Saturday’s contest.

Players to watch out for from previous columns: Martin Necas, Travis Konecny, Gabriel Vilardi, Jeff Skinner, Andrei Kuzmenko, Dylan Strome, Mason McTavish, Kevin Hayes, David Krejci, Ryan Strome, Jake DeBrusk, Brandon Hagel, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Viktor Arvidsson, Jason Zucker, Addison is needed, Caleb Jones, Sean Durzi, Vince Dunn, Brandon Montour, Janis Moser, Juuso Valimaki, Vitek Vanecek, James Reimer, Jake Allen, Stuart Skinner, Hill of Adin, Scott Wedgewood



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