The Shark Blog
10. December 2013 06:29
It's been a while,
but we're back with our weekly waiver wire picks to get your lineup back on
track before it's too late. A number of
promising picks have emerged recently, as youngsters get the opportunity to
step up to fill the gaps left by injuries.
Let's start in net:
Antii Raanta (CHI)
opens the door for Raanta to pile up some wins in the short term, playing for
one of the top teams in the NHL. In the
5 games he's played this season, Raanta has 3 wins to complement a 2.16 GAA and
.922 save %.
Jonas Gustavsson (DET)
Despite the rash of
injuries to their star players, the Wings continue to assemble wins. Most of those wins lately have come with
Howard on the bench and the Monster in net.
The two seems to splitting time at the moment. This may not endure, but grab some points in
the short term.
Ryan Strome (NYI)
He hasn't played a
single game in the NHL yet, but he's already being gobbled up by savvy owners,
as the Isles prepare to add the AHL's leading scorer to their mix. New York is desperate for a jolt of life, so
they'll be looking to new blood to infuse that life. Stash him now.
Nick Bonino (ANA)
Bonino has quietly
been putting together a solid fantasy season as the Duck's 2nd/3rd line
center. He has piled up 11 points over
this last 10 games.
Steve Downie (PHI)
Since returning from
the concussion early last month, Downie has been a solid fantasy starter. He has sprinkle in his typical helping of
PIMs to complement some much needed scoring for the Flyers.
Andrej Sekera (CAR)
Sekera was drafted
in roughly 0% of fantasy leagues, but is quickly being claimed in most. He is on a scoring tear, with 4 gaols and 4
assists over his last 7 games.
5. November 2013 05:47
Paul Stastny (COL)
A few years back,
Statsny seemed poised to enter the upper echelon of fantasy forwards. He struggled mightily over the past couple of
seasons, causing many to forget about him altogether. At age 27, coming into his prime, he seems to
be creeping back up the charts. He has 7
points in his last 7 games. Given
Colorado's emergence this season, it seems wise to collect him on your roster
and hope the trend continues.
Kyle Turris (OTT)
Turris won't be
available much longer out there. Paired
with Bobby Ryan, he has been racking up the assists this season, leading him to
14 points in 14 games thus far.
Derek Stepan (NYR)
Many owners gave up
on Stepan after his hold out and horrendous start. With a hat trick this weekend, perhaps he is
ready to reemerge as a fantasy option.
Kris Russell (CGY)
With Mark Giordano
on the shelf, Russell has stepped in nicely and put up five points over the
last four games. Russell has shown
streaks of relevancy before, so you shouldn't necessarily see this as a fluke. If you're desperate for D, snag him now.
Radko Gudas (TB)
Depending on your
league's scoring system, you may want to give serious consideration to the guy
with a funny name in Tampa. He has been popping in points while amassing
substantive amounts of penalty minutes.
A good mix coming from a position that tends be overlooked.
J.S. Giguere (COL)
uncertainty regarding Varlamov's future legal status, it's wise to consider
adding this old-timer to your squad. He
has been solid is limited action before and certainly has a history of fantasy
greatness on his resume.
21. October 2013 07:52
The pickings are getting slim
on the waiver wire heading into week 3.
Still, there is some value to be found:
Kyle Okposo (NYI)
Okposo took a long time getting
there, but he has finally emerged as the go-to guy on Tavares' Right Wing. That
has translated nicely into 3 goals and 5 assists, over the last 6 games. His ice time has likewise steadily climbed to
a season high of 23 minutes in his last contest.
David Clarkson (TOR)
Clarkson has nearly finished
his 10 game sentence and is poised to make his Maple Leaf debut later this
week. For leagues that value a mix of
points and PIMs, take a look at adding Clarkson to your lineup before other GMs
Jay Bouwmeester (STL)
I personally drafted
Bouwmeester late in most of my drafts with the expectation that he would pick
up where he left off late last season with the Blues. He has managed to contribute 5 assists in the
first 7 games, while clocking some serious ice time for St. Louis. The last few years have been hard on him
fantasy wise, but he has started to reemerge as a serious fantasy option on
Ryan Murphy (CAR)
Rookie defensemen are tough to
trust, but circumstances have given Murphy the opportunity to take the wheel in
Carolina. He has supplied a steady
stream of fantasy value so far in the season.
Ben Bishop (TB)
There's a good chance that
Bishop has already been claimed in your league, but it's worth a look. He has clearly surpassed Lindback as the
goalie of choice in Tampa. Despite a
rough go in his last game against Boston, his streak to start the season is the
best display of goaltending the Lightning have witnessed in recent years.
14. October 2013 09:12
We're now just about
2 weeks into the season, and already, we've seen some significant surprises pop
up on the waiver front. Here are a few
guys to jump on before their swiped up in your league:
Alexander Steen (STL)
Steen often kicks
off the season on fire, and it's come to pass once again. He has scored a goal in each of the first
four games and has totaled four assists in those games as well.
Jussi Jokinen (PIT)
With James Neal out,
Jokinen has slid into the sweet spot with Malkin. The results netted him a hat trick against
Carolina. He has done nothing but score
goals since joining the Pens late last season.
Michael Grabner (NYI)
The speedy Grabner
has gotten off to a quick start with the Isles, registering 2 goals and 5
assists through the first four games of the season. He has gone on similar hot streaks in the
past, so ride him now and drop him later.
Tomas Hertl (SJ)
missed the boat on this rookie, given all the attentional that swell fourth
goal garnered him. If he's still
available in your league, snap him up now.
Jonas Brodin (MIN)
Brodin should have
been drafted in your league, but probably wasn't. He put together a strong rookie season last
year and is looking even better in season 2.
He should be a solid fantasy contributor all year.
Brent Burns (SJ)
If you're playing on
Yahoo, or some other site that can't seem to fathom that Burns is no longer a
defenseman, take him now. You can slot
him in on defense and take advantage of a decent forward's production. Even as a winger, he's worthy of
Hampus Lindholm (ANA)
Keep an eye on this
rookie over the next several weeks. He's
seeing plenty of ice time for the Ducks and is starting to produce.
Josh Harding (MIN)
With Backstrom on
the shelf (again), Harding once more finds himself with the starting job in
Minnesota. He performed admirably in the
same situation during the playoffs.
Backstrom isn't expected to be out long, but either way, Harding should
get his fair share of starts going forward and is worth stashing.
7. October 2013 13:40
Just about a week
into the 2013-14 season, and we already have a fired coach. With NHL GM's quick and desperate to make a
move, you ought to be just as alert in the early going in managing your fantasy
squad. Typically, a handful of top notch
fantasy options get swept up in the first few weeks of the season to early
waiver watchers. With a few games
played, here are some early waiver options to consider adding to your lineup,
if someone else hasn't snatched them up already.
Lars Eller (MON)
Through the first
two games, Eller tallied 3 goals and 5 points, earning #2 Star honors. He won't keep this pace up all year, but he
may provide decent value on the year.
It's about time the Habs got some return on the deal that sent Halak
away to the Blues.
Mikail Grabovski (WAS)
the season in fine fashion, tallying a hat trick in Game 1. He put up an assist in the game 2 and has now
has 5 points in 3 games. Given a helping
of solid playing time with Ovechkin could mean a career year for the castoff
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)
The young Oiler
center wasn't expected to start the season until November, but made a surprise
early recovery. He's expected to play
this week, so snag him, and hope he's what Edmonton needs to get the offense on
Jason Garrison (VAN)
displayed streaks of fantasy gold in the past, but has never been a go-to guy
over the long haul. He has 2 goals and
2 assists through 3 games for Vanouver.
Matt Niskanen (PIT)
It's uknown how long
Letang will be out, but as long as he is, Niskanen will carry some value as a
depth defenseman. He's filling that gap
on the potent Penguins as a key puck carrier on the back end. He registered 3 assists through the first two
Jaroslav Halak (STL)
I have been touting
Halak as the solution for the Blues all pre-season, so it's not surprising to
see him off to a hot start. What is
surprising is that he's still available in many leagues (just not any of mine,
as I drafted him…). Get him now.
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