First let’s kick it off with Mikhail Sergachev, what a start it has been for the young Russian defenseman. Sergachev is the only Russian defenseman to score four goals in the first ten games. In the trade that sent Sergachev over here, many were unsure if he would be playing right away or they were going to wait for him to develop a little. Well luckily they gave the defenseman the chance to prove himself and as of now, he has more points than every Montreal Canadiens player and more goals than Jonathan Drouin(whom he was sent over here for). Obviously, he is off to a quick start and if available in your league, 1000 percent GO OUT and get him, NOW! But if he is on another roster, unfortunately, you will have to wait for his value to die down, because by no means are you streaming a top 25 pick for him at this moment. Simply, just wait until the Lightning and Sergachev cool off than try and make a trade.
Waiver Wire/Rising Stars….
Adrian Kempe: After his three-goal game I thought it was just a fluke, like ok, yeah he got lucky, won’t happen again. Then he scored Monday and Tuesday back-to-back, and now I’m starting to think, ok, the Kings are actually better than we assumed and this Kempe kid is playing a role on this team. While the Kings continue to be successful it is definitely worth streaming Kempe, by no means a long-term starter but until the Kings and himself die down, go for it.
Brock Nelson: I was not entirely sure about Nelson coming into the year and every time I gaze the waiver wire he is there and I always contemplate picking him up and then regret it instantly when he scores. But in Nelson’s nine games this year he has scored in four of them and has had a point in five of the nine games. He also plays on the power play, in which the Islanders are performing at 7.1 percent rate so take it with a grain of salt. Anyways, for a night or two a week Nelson can definitely be a streamable player.
Andres Bjork: In the beginning of the year, you would have been lucky if you knew this guys name, well fast forward a few weeks and Bjork is getting more attention on the waiver wire than we believed. After scoring two goals and one assist vs Vancouver October 19, and finally getting attention on that first line with Bergeron and Marchand, Bjork could be a decent once in a while add, by no means am I saying to hold onto this guy long-term.
Reily Smith: This guy came to Vegas and everyone jumped off the Smith train, rightfully so we all thought(myself included) Vegas was going to stink! Well, we are now eight games and they’re 7-1, and just beat the Blackhawks and the Blues, go figures. Which is why Smith deserves some attention. Smith plays on a line with former Panthers teammates Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson(who is RED HOT) and plays on the second power-play unit. He is coming off a multi-point night vs St. Louis and has two goals, five assists, four power-play points on the year. For a team that is hot, Smith can be a valuable waiver wire add.