Fantasy hockey top 10 waiver wire pickups

 

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FORWARDS

Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS (49 percent) — The San Jose Sharks forward scored his first goal of the season in their 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. Meier has five shots on goal through two games and is skating on the first line with Joe Pavelski (C/RW) and Melker Karlsson (C/LW, fewer than 1 percent), who moved up after Joe Thornton (C, 29 percent) sustained a knee injury. Karlsson is also skating on the Sharks’ second power-play unit with forwards Evander Kane, Kevin Labanc (LW/RW, 15 percent) and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (25 percent), averaging 1:18 of power-play time per game.

Jakob Silfverberg, RW, ANA (34 percent) — The Anaheim Ducks forward had an assist on the Ducks’ lone goal in their 1-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Silfverberg has four assists, two on the power play, one SOG and one hit through two games. He is skating on the second line with forwards Adam Henrique (C, 20 percent) and rookie Maxime Comtois (LW, 2 percent) and has also been on the first power play with Henrique, forwards Rickard Rakell (C/LW/RW in Yahoo), Ryan Getzlaf and defenseman Cam Fowler (45 percent). Getzlaf sustained a lower-body injury Saturday, meaning an even greater emphasis could be placed on Henrique and Silfverberg moving forward.

Video: LAK@ANA: Silfverberg tucks in PPG off Campbell

Josh Bailey, RW, NYI (31 percent) — The New York Islanders forward had two assists, one on the power play, in their 4-3 loss against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Bailey is skating on the Islanders’ first line with forward Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier (C/LW, 18 percent) and first power-play unit, and has three points (one goal, two assists), two power-play points and three SOG through two games. Bailey set NHL career-highs in goals (18), assists (53), points (71) and PPP (31) in 76 games last season.

Conor Sheary, LW/RW, BUF (13 percent) — The Buffalo Sabres wing scored two power-play goals in their 3-2 win against the New York Rangers on Saturday. Sheary had three SOG and skated on the first line and power-play unit with exposure to elite center Jack Eichel and forward Sam Reinhart (C/RW, 66 percent). If Sheary, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 27, maintains this lineup placement and continues to get significant power-play time (2:17 per game), he’d become a must-own fantasy player.

Paul Byron, LW/RW, MTL (12 percent) — The Montreal Canadiens forward continued his strong start to the season with a multi-point game in their 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Byron scored two goals, had one assist, two hits and three SOG on a line with forwards Max Domi (C/LW, 38 percent), who has three assists in two games, and Artturi Lehkonen (LW/RW, 3 percent), who has three points (one goal, two assists).

Nikolay Goldobin, LW/RW, VAN (3 percent) — The Vancouver Canucks forward is enjoying exposure to rookie standout Elias Pettersson (C, 67 percent), scoring points in each of his first two games (one goal, two assists). He is skating with Pettersson and forward Loui Eriksson (LW/RW, 2 percent) at even strength and with Eriksson, forwards Markus Granlund (C/LW, fewer than 1 percent) and Jake Virtanen (RW, 1 percent) and defenseman Derrick Pouliot (fewer than 1 percent) on the second power-play unit.

Others to consider: Elias Lindholm, CGY (C/RW, 34 percent); Milan Lucic, EDM (LW, 32 percent); Micheal Ferland, CAR (LW/RW, 16 percent); Colton Sissons, NSH (C/LW, 8 percent); Alexander Kerfoot, COL (C, 5 percent)

 

DEFENSEMEN

Thomas Chabot, OTT (46 percent) — The Ottawa Senators defenseman is thriving in an expanded role to begin the season after the trade of Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 13. Chabot had a multi-point game in Ottawa’s 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and has four points (two goals, two assists) and five SOG in two games. He had 25 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 63 games last season, fifth among rookie defensemen. Chabot is skating on the first pair with Dylan DeMelo (fewer than 1 percent) and averaging 2:03 per game on the power play.

Video: OTT@TOR: Chabot dekes and buries his own rebound

Dennis Cholowski, DET (7 percent) — The Detroit Red Wings rookie defenseman had two power-play assists against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, giving him three points in his first two NHL games. He scored his first career NHL goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and is playing 22:21 per game with defenseman Mike Green (illness) on injured reserve. Cholowski is skating on the first pair with Danny DeKeyser and running the point on a power-play unit with forwards Anthony Mantha (LW/RW, 57 percent), Andreas Athanasiou (C/LW, 8 percent), Thomas Vanek (LW/RW, 10 percent) and Frans Nielsen (C, 1 percent).

Others to consider: Mattias Ekholm, NSH (57 percent); Alexander Edler, VAN (18 percent); Henri Jokiharju, CHI (11 percent); Robert Hagg, PHI (7 percent)

 

GOALTENDER

James Reimer, FLA (37 percent) — The Florida Panthers goalie relieved starter Roberto Luongo (lower body) in their 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Reimer stopped 15 of 16 shots faced and will see the bulk of the starts with Luongo on injured reserve and out 2-4 weeks. The Panthers do not play again until Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, when they start a stretch of four games in nine days. Reimer is a must-add in all fantasy formats, especially for owners of Luongo in need of a replacement.

Video: FLA@BOS: Reimer robs Heinen with his glove

Jack Campbell, LAK (25 percent) — The Los Angeles Kings placed starting goalie Jonathan Quick on injured reserve Sunday, opening the door for Campbell to see significant playing time. Campbell was impressive in his season debut against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday and is a must-add for Quick or Luongo owners as a streaming option. Campbell, 26, is 3-1-2 with a .919 save percentage in eight career NHL games (six starts) for the Kings and Dallas Stars.

Others to consider: Petr Mrazek, CAR (43 percent); Thomas Greiss, NYI (25 percent); Jaroslav Halak, BOS (17 percent)

Article source: https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-fantasy-hockey-waiver-wire-players-to-add-2018-19/c-300750118

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