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Fantasy Hockey News: Are Nick Bjugstad, Jared McCann worth adds? Sam Reinhart back on top line, Nolan Patrick production and more

Jared McCann/Nick Bjugstad: We are all aware of the trade I am assuming if not (here) but Nick Bjugstad played two games now with the Penguins, in those two games he skated along Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin, with Malkin day to day, Phil Kessel is going to be on that wing. Bjugstad has logged roughly 15:30 minutes per game, has had a handful of chances and recorded an assist in his first game. On the other hand Jared McCann is playing with Tanner Pearson and Patric Hornqvist, two veteran players who are strong in front and work down low, with may increase McCann’s stock. McCann has logged around 11:20 minutes per game, recording two shots on goal. This is a player I could potentially see on the second power play, and possibly making a case for a depth winger. I would definitely go out and add Bjugstad right now and be patient with him.

Sam Reinhart: Reinhart has been around the line up this season, from one to three and everything in between. For now though with the Sabres “pushing” for the playoffs and switching things up. Reinhart is back with Jack Eichel and also Jeff Skinner along with that. Reinhart has 12 goals and 33 assists on the season let’s see if this line is to stay tonight.

Nolan Patrick: It is about time we see Patrick being a consistent player in the Flyers line up Patrick has been a huge factor for the Flyers 8-game win streak, in this frame he has 5 goals and 3 assists. Logging around 14:30 minutes per game. He is a third line center right now that plays power play though too. Patrick is definitely a player you keep your eye on in the coming weeks.

Anthony Beauvillier: This kid has been in the line up consistently which is a good thing to see with the way Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle have not lasted. Beauvillier is playing line two with Mat Barzal and Josh Bailey. On the year he has 12 goals and 7 assists and despite his 11 minutes vs LA last game he does usually play 16-18 minutes. A player that can be useful if you need an add for the day/week.

Blake Coleman: We can argue that he has been the Devils most consistent forward all year. Coleman has 18 goals on the year, six goals in his last 10 games and three assists. Coleman is a power play two player and a top six forward playing with Travis Zajac and Miles Wood. Coleman is surely worth the look and could be a possible consistent fantasy player for you.

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello line: All three of these guys have to be added in all fantasy leagues. This number could be incorrect, but I believe the MSG broadcast said this line has scored 11 of the Rangers last 13 goals (not including Monday nights game). Zuccarello has 5 goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games, Kreider has (24 goals on the year), 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 11 games, Zibanejad has 10 goals and 8 assists in his last 11 games.

Colin White back/Ryan Dzingel worth: Colin White was absent for a few games but he is back and playing normal minutes again. He played the last two games logging 15+ minutes per game, but not much else. He is centering the second line of Mark Stone and Brady Tkachuk therefore his value is there and could be a solid add. Ryan Dzingel plays with Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan on line one and is a very under valued guy. Dzingel has 4 goals and 5 assists in his last 10 games. Playing the minutes he does with the players he does makes him an automatic valuable fantasy player.

Mathieu Joseph: Joseph has received a promotion it seems like in Tampa as he is playing line two with Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde, Joseph is a monitor the situation type of guy. I doubt he stays here for long but for right now he could be of use. He has 12 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Jack Roslovic: With Nikolaj Ehlers hurt, Roslovic has finally got the promotion to line two and power play two. It goes without saying that Patrik Laine and Bryan Little are on that line and two very good players but Laine has been in a funk but Roslovic does have 5 goals and one assist in his last four games. Roslovic is worth adding until Ehlers gets back in a week or less.


Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Wednesdays

I will be starting a new edition on Wednesdays, usually a good middle week waiver wire talk. What players to look for during the week that can help you maybe win the week, trending players, and all the good news that comes with these articles.


Ondrej Kase is a must add right now, he is going to be playing with Ryan Getzlaf on the top line now with Rickard Rakell out. Kase slots to the first line with Getzlaf and Pontus Aberg, and the second power play unit. Not to mention over the last two weeks (8 games) Kase has 2 goals and 5 assist in that span. This is a great addition and a player who can help your roster for weeks to come.

Andrew Shaw, the grinder, agitator Shaw is not slotted on the first line with Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin. Domi and Drouin have been the Canadiens best players all year and Shaw may just get the trickle affect from them. He is playing 17+ minutes per game and has made use of his time on the top line adding a point in his last five games. On the year Shaw has 8 goals and 10 assist as 59 shots on goal and 70 hits.

Jakub Vrana, sure he may be overshadowed in that Capitals offense with Ovechkin, Kuznestov and Backstrom but Vrana is a very solid addition to any roster. He is playing with Kuznestov and Brett Connolly on the second line right now and although the Capitals power play one is usually always out there Vrana does get a chance on power play two. Vrana has 9 goals and 9 assists on the year, over the last two-weeks he has 4 goals and two assists.

Nick Schmaltz, this guy has to be a must add right now playing on the top line in Arizona, with Clayton Keller and when Alex Galchenyuk gets back it will Galchenyuk-Schmaltz-Keller clearly a line that can be productive and if you have any of those three it should provide some production. On the year Schmaltz has 6 goals and 12 assists but in the last two weeks he has 4 goals and 3 assists with four power play points. The Coyotes offense is a little banged up so go out and get Schmaltz now while you can.


Darnell Nurse has to be in the consideration as a player you at least keep on the waiver wire target list. With Oscar Klefbom out now for a few weeks, Nurse steps into the number one role. He will be on the first power play and number one defenseman in the Oilers depth chart now. Nurse is not known for his offensive production but he does have 2 goals and 3 assists over the last two weeks. On the year he has 4 goals and 7 assists.

Travis Hamonic, I am not totally gun-ho on Hamonic, him and Noah Hanafin play a more defensive role for the Flames but I also see Hamonic out there almost every other shift. He eats up about 21:56 minutes per game for a second d-line pairing that is a decent amount. While Hamonic may not see any power play time, he plays enough 5 on 5 time to make him an effective player. The Flames offense has been great lately and a lot of their offense is generated from their defense if it is not an odd-man rush.

Nate Schmidt, why would you not want to add Schmidt? he is the best defenseman in Vegas. Since he has been back he has helped turn the Golden Knights year around and has 5 points in the 12 games he has played. Schmidt plays line one d-pairing and power play two. A great offensive-defenseman who can easily be a solid player production wise all year for you.

Fantasy Hockey Friday Waiver Wire News

Nick Schmaltz, since coming to Arizona Schmaltz has tallied two goals and three assists in the five games he has played with Arizona. It seems Schmaltz is enjoying the pairing of Alex Galchenyuk and Clayton Keller. Clearly when this move happened it increased Schmaltz value just a little due to the fact he would get more touches and play alongside two players that he more so relates too. Schmaltz now has 4 goals and 12 assists on the year, a player you may want to keep any eye on. He is owned in 20 percent of leagues too (yahoo).

Travis Konecny, he may have been on my list two weeks ago which means this is a good sign to go ahead and pick him up. Konecny over the last 14 days has 3 goals and 4 assists that is half of his point totals this year. On the year he has 8 goals and 10 assists. Konecny seems like he will not be moving from that right wing on the first line anytime soon. He is 50 percent owned in yahoo leagues and as his point total and production increases come two weeks he may be unavailable. Over the last five games Konecny has 3 goals and 4 assists.

Pontus Aberg, this is the Ducks leading scorer. The second place Anaheim Ducks leading scorer, clearly there is value here. Well, Aberg since his recent up tick in production has made his way onto the first line of the Ducks with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell, even more of a reason to go after him now. Aberg has 3 goals and 4 assists in his last five games, on the year he has 9 goals and 6 assists, just in five games he has almost all his points on the year. This is a type of player you add for 1-2 weeks and see how he does. He does nothing, you drop him it is not like you are losing much. Aberg is owned in 20 percent of yahoo leagues.

Cody Eakin, the Golden Knights fiery center finds his way on the scoresheet one way or another, whether it is penalty minutes, hits or assists/goals he is going to be involved in the Golden Knights offense some how. Eakin has 11 goals and 8 assists on the year, over the last five games he has 3 goals and 3 assists, over the last ten games he has 4 goals and 6 assists. Eakin is clearly finding his way consistently on the score sheet. He plays on the second line with Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch as well as power play two. A player you monitor and use as a drop/add guy. Eakin is 15 percent owned in yahoo leagues.


Mike Matheson: This guy reminds me a lot of Keith Yandle and it seems he can do the same as Yandle as well, Matheson is a big left handed defenseman who can skate and chip in on both ends of the ice. Matheson has recorded a point in every game expect for four from November 15th to December 6th. He clearly can be a useful add being he plays top four minutes and power play two. On the year Matheson has 2 goals and 11 assists, over the last five games Matheson has 3 assists and one goal. He is owned in 16 percent of leagues, a player that you can add and keep all year that will provide value.

Mike Green: He is honestly the only offensive defenseman the Red Wings have and he is involved in almost play for the Red Wings offensively and what makes him even more valuable is that over the last 30 days Green has 13 points and only one of them come on the power play. Which means 5 on 5 he is becoming more effective compared to last year Green was a power play specialist. Green has 3 goals 10 assists, +11, 34 shots on goal, 21 hits over the last 30 days(14 games) and he is doing this consistently. He is owned in 47 percent of leagues and a player you can add and keep all year.

Scott Mayfield: It seems Mayfield is getting more looks than Adam Pelech which is a good sign if you want Mayfield that is. 5 on 5 Mayfield has been more than effective, he has 14 points and none of them come a man up. Mayfield has 7 assists and one goal over the last 30 days (13 games). This is a player you should probably monitor because due to the young d-men on the Isles blue line this guys can be streaky players. If Mayfield continues this production of .5 point per game he can be a very useful player for you later on. Not only does he produce on the score sheet but he also has 21 shots on goal and 22 hits over these 13 games. He is owned in just 7 percent of leagues.


Mikko Koskinen: This young goaltender has almost rode Cam Talbot out of net and out of Edmonton. Over the last 30 days (9 games) Koskinen has 5 wins, a 1.98 goals against (GAA) .930 save percentage and one shutout. Clearly Edmonton has some questions to answer but Koskinen is looking to be the number one right now. I would probably have this guy on my roster ASAP if I was you although Edmonton is not a great team, they pull wins out every so often. He is owned in 59 percent of leagues, wait a week and he will be unavailable.

Mike Smith: Started out terrible had David Rittich take his job and now he is back. Perhaps a two goalie tandem works for Calgary but the Flames in general have been amazing, they lead the Pacific and have dominated almost every game over the last month. As for Smith over the last 30 days he has 8 games played, 5 wins, 1.98 GAA, .920 save percentage and a win in his last five starts. In Smith’s last five he has allowed seven goals. Smith is owned in 64 percent of leagues, maybe go and get him soon…

Adin Hill, Jimmy Howard, Alex Stalock are to be on the watch list also…


Fantasy Hockey Players Of The Week (Nov.12-18); Atkinson earns #1 spot, Kreider sneaks on the list.. and more!

Cam Atkinson: Well, welcome Cam. It seems as if when this guy went down he disappeared, but this is a huge week for Cam and the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have stormed into first place in the Metropolitan division with five wins in their last six games. And a lot of that came off the stick of Cam Atkinson and his 8 points this week. Atkinson scored a hattrick in Columbus’s last win over Carolina and has scored in the last four games. On the week he scored 5 goals with 3 assists and 2 power play points. Here he comes. 

Chris Kreider: A player that is available in 40% of leagues by the way. Kreider and the Rangers have been off to a surprising start. Kreider scored 3 goals with 3 assists this week in the Rangers two of three wins this week. Kreider now has 11 goals and 7 assists on the year. For you information he plays four times this week…

Matt Dumba: The defenseman getting involved, Dumba had 3 goals on the week with 2 assists and 19 shots on goal. Dumba is a sure over looked defenseman that does not get enough credit for what he does. Tallying 5 points this week and 23+ minutes a game Dumba is quickly becoming one of the top d-men in the league. He now has 8 goals and 5 assists on the year. 

Mitch Marner: On the Leafs West Coast sweep and with Auston Matthews out, Marner stepped up big time this week. In the Leafs three wins this he had a point in every game. Marner totaled 1 goal and 5 assists on the week bringing his total to already 20 assists on the year and 6 goals. Marner is on pace for 80+ assists. 

Joe Pavelski: The guy is back and in the hunt for the Rocket Richard now. Pavelski does not do a ton of helping on goals, but he does his fair share of burying the biscuit. Pavelski has 13 goals on the year and 3 assists. The Sharks two wins this week Pavelski had a 2 goals in both of them and in their one loss he scored also. Pavelski had 5 goals and 1 assist on the week. The Sharks can see another 35+ goal year form Pavelski for the first time in 2.5 years. 

Fantasy Hockey; Biggest disappointments this season, Schwartz, Dylan Strome, Konecny and more!

What a start it has been for some of these players on this list and not in a good way. What has been the reason for these guys slow starts? Well, an addition of players, less time, team struggling, not a lot of confidence and overthinking the game! First on the list of five disappointing starts to the year is…

Disappointing starts for Fantasy Hockey forwards…

Jaden Schwartz: Anyone remember what this guy was up to last year? He was playing like an MVP and producing at a rate no one imagined, now the addition of all these forwards in St. Louis Schwartz value has taken a huge hit. Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron have dipped into this guys share. On the year he only has 2 goals and 5 assists, not to mention one of those two goals came in the last three games. Schwartz is playing with O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko on the first line now after the Blues switched some things up. Not a great start for the former 24-goal scorer, but it may increase as O’Reilly is on a line with him now. 

Dylan Strome: This kid has not been what the Coyotes were expecting him to be. He is still young and it is still early in the year but Strome has just 2 goals and 3 assists on the year, two assists coming in the last two games. He is on a current 8-game scoring drought and has not scored since Columbus October 23rd. He is playing fourth line minutes at the moment rightfully so due to his lack of production. Perhaps moving the kid to winger may help but right now with the Coyotes playing well and there three centers not moving Strome may have another disappointing year. 

Travis Konecny: Not what anyone expected from this guy. After last year where he put up 47 points and 24 goals, Konecny has just 3 goals and 5 assists on the year. He has scored one time over the last ten games and has just three points in ten games. He has struggled to get going this season and it is not a good sign for this winger as the Flyers have a slew of forward prospects on their roster and in the system. Have to see Konecny get going before the Flyers move on to fill this guys role. He is playing on the top line right now and if James Van Reimsydk comes back and Konecny is still at this type of production he could be a third liner. 

Nick Schmaltz: Not a poor start but not a great one either, Schmaltz has just 2 goals and six assists this season playing with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane you would probably expect more but the young right winger has not done his fair share on that line. Schmaltz has one goal and one assist in his last ten games, he last scored four games ago and his last assist came nine games ago. He is struggling to say the least, not much to worry about as the Blackhawks are not a team that has a lot of tools to replace Schmaltz but as a fantasy owner you have to be disappointed. 

Milan Lucic: It has been a struggle for Lucic, the other day he was addressed by the media asking about his current scoring struggle and he said “Maybe it’s just the year 2018. It’s just not my year. Everything that could have bounced the other way has. I’ll just stay with it until 2019 rolls around.” Lucic has not scored in 17 games this season, his only goal came vs the Devils in the first game of the year. He has just four assists to go along with that and two assists in his last ten games. Lucic plays third line now with Ty Rattie and Ryan Strome, clearly he is not doing well, perhaps 2019 will be his year and he get back to 20+ goals a year. 


Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire News; Severson, Tuch, Brian Elliott on the up!

It is Thursday and you probably have 1-2 more solid days of production out of you roster, you need to hit the waiver wire and make a push! Here are the top adds for this week (F, D, G)

Forwards on the UP!

Alex Tuch: Tuch plays two more times this week vs the Blues and Oilers, he registered a goal and an assist in Vegas’s 5-0 win over Anaheim Wednesday night. He has 3 goals, 3 assists in the last seven games and averages around 17-18 minutes a game. Don’t forget he also plays the power play and is effective on it as well as he has three power play points over the last 14-days. 

Jimmy Vesey: The Rangers play two more times this week (including tonight) and it comes vs the Islanders and Panthers. The Rangers have been a surprise and a lot of that is due to players like Jimmy Vesey stepping up more and being more consistent and an effective top-six winger. Vesey on the year has 6 goals, 4 assists and over the last five games he has three goals and three assists. Vesey is slated next to Brett Howden and Jesper Fast, averaging around 17+ minutes a game, Vesey also has registered 40 shots on goal this year, meaning he is the shooter on that line. 

Anthony Mantha: The kid is heating up, someone you must keep an eye and could be a great long term rental player until he cools down. Mantha has 3 goals in his two games and the Red Wings are on a four-game winning streak. Mantha plays two more times this week (including tonight) vs Ottawa and New Jersey. On the year Mantha has 6 goals and 2 assists, he is starting to get going and coach Blashill is pleased with his play as of late. He plays the power play and shots a ton.

Defenseman on the UP!

Damon Severson: The Devils best defenseman is available in 80 percent of leagues, not sure why but still. Sure the Devils have been struggling but Severson sees a on of minutes, is  extremely efficient 5 on 5 and is the Devils best all around defenseman. In the last 5 games he has a goal and five assists. He also chips in the hits and shots on goal department while also averaging anywhere from 19-22 minutes a game. Plays Thursday(tonight), Saturday and Sunday. Good add for the week, getting three games out of him.

Ben Hutton: This guy has looked like a forward lately, he is scoring at a ridiculous rate for defenseman and making it look easy. The Canucks #3 defenseman has been off to a great start this year. So far on the year he has 4 goals and 3 assists and in his last five games he has 2 goals and 2 assists. Hutton plays two more times(including tonight) this week vs Minnesota and Montreal. He averages around 21+ minutes a game and 2-3 shots a game.  

Jeff Petry: The Canadiens number one and probably only productive and effective defenseman is available in 44 percent of leagues. He has 13 assists on the year with one goal. He sees close to 24 minutes a game, plays the power play, shoots a decent amount and also hits. He does it all for the Canadiens and for some reason owners don’t want this guy. He plays Calgary and Vancouver this week, two good games. Solid add if you need anything done. 

Goalies on the UP!

Brian Elliott: The Flyers play two more times this week with a day rest in between and Elliott is their number one right now. Elliott in his last two starts has allowed two goals, one was a shutout but has earned also a win in every game hes played this season besides two. Elliott on the year has six wins and a 2.52 goals against. A solid add if you need a goalie. 

Jimmy Howard: While the Red Wings are hot ride Howard, he has started in 3 of their last 4 games and has done a great job. In those three starts Howard has allowed five goals against on 77 shots. On the year Howard has a 2.69 goals against and six wins. A solid add as the Red Wings are hot and play the Senators and Devils their next two games. 

Fantasy Hockey players trending in the right direction

We are getting to that point in the season where players have played around 15+ games and if they are not producing a little worry, maybe sit them but then are some random players producing and playing well that are trending and could be worthy of a 1-2 week add, a rental player they say.


Nolan Patrick: It seems Patrick is finally getting in a rhythm of things, after missing a few games due to a minor injury. Patrick has recorded a point in his last 6 of 7 games, in the last 14 days Patrick has 3 goals and 4 assists. He is playing with Jakub Voracek and Oskar Lindblom (until James Van Reimsydk comes back). Patrick had a mediocre first year and seems to finding his stride in the NHL over the last two weeks. On the year Patrick has 5 goals and four assists.

Kevin Hayes: Hayes is on the “trade block” and it seems that is not bothering him though. Hayes has been a solid center this season for the Rangers he centering Vladislav Namestikov and Lias Andersson at the moment, some tough players to play with a rookie and a player still trying to make his way in New York. Hayes has one goal in 7 assists, only producing 1 goal in the Rangers first five games, Hayes has now 8 points in the last six games.

Travis Zajac: Despite the Devils struggling road trip, Zajac saw some success scoring three goals in their five road games. Zajac has been slated as a third line center, but in no time he’ll be a second line center. Zajac has now 6 goals and 5 assists on the year. The Devils next game are a home and away split (2 on the road 2 at home) vs three Metropolitan teams. I’d for sure keep an eye on Zajac.

Devin Shore: Playing too-six minutes is probably not what the Stars had in mind for Shore but he has been an effective top-six guy who also plays power-play two minutes. Looking at his role and his minutes Shore is a solid add just for that reason alone. But in the last two weeks Shore has scored 4 goals with two assists (in the last 7 games), he has been a bit inconsistent but I’d keep an eye on Devin Shore right now. He has 5 goals and 6 assists on the year.


Ben Hutton: Well, look at this offensive-defenseman, Hutton has tallied 3 goals in the last six games and is playing top-four minutes and the power play two. Hutton has 4 goals, 2 assists and 3 power play points on the year. The Canucks have four games this week so it would be smart to watch Hutton as the week goes on.

Jaccob Slavin: This guy has to be an add guy at this point he is top-two defenseman for the Hurricanes plays power play two and is an offensive defenseman that produces big time to be honest. He is soon to be a household name in no time, I have raved about this guy for now two years and this is the year he makes a mark on the league. In the last 7 games he has 2 goals and 1 assist, on the year he has 2 goals and 5 assists, watch Slavin this year.

Tony DeAngelo: A fly under the radar type of guy, the Rangers are not great on the back end, but DeAngelo is seeing a lot of minutes he is averaging 20 minutes a game and in the 7 games he has played this season DeAngelo has 2 goals and 5 assists, on a current three game point streak. A solid rental player.

Miro Heiskanen: With John Klingberg out for at least another three weeks, Heiskanen will be taking over top pair minutes, power play one and seeing more ice. The young defenseman has already seen 20+ minutes even with Klingberg in the lineup Heiskanen is a valuable player but for the next 3 weeks he is a must add guy. He has 2 goals and 5 assists on the year. 


Casey DeSmith: The Penguins have not played well over the last week and a half, and especially Matt Murray which brings in Casey DeSmith. Murray has been off his game to start this season, in seven starts Murray has allowed 3 or more goals in four of them he has a 3.87 GAA and .887 save percentage, poor to say the least. DeSmith in his 8 starts this season DeSmith has 2 or less goals in six of them. Besides his first two starts where he allowed 3 goals, DeSmith has recorded two shutouts. DeSmith is a must add player right now as the Penguins struggle. 

Darcy Kuemper: The Coyotes have been off to a great start this season (for the Yotes it is good) but anyways Antti Raanta is out currently and should be out for the next 2+ weeks, which in comes Kuemper. In the six games he has started he has allowed 1 or less goal in 3 of them and 4 of more in 3 of them. He has 3 wins, a 2.58 goals against and .921 save percentage. Coyotes play Detroit, Nashville, Boston, Vegas in their next four games a solid start for two of those four games.