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Waiver Wired:Latch onto Little

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Jonathan Bernier has been red hot this month and he is owned in 39% of Yahoo leagues. John Gibson has been dealing with a lower-body injury and Bernier has filled in more than admirably. Pick him up if you need help in the crease. Michael Frolik went from a 17% ownership last week when he appeared on Waiver Wired to 27%.

 

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Bryan Little (WPG) - C - Owned in 33% of Yahoo leagues

 

Little and the Jets will be busy this coming week after playing just two games over the past six days. If you pick him up before Sunday’s match against Minnesota then you will get five cracks at points with him in your lineup. Little has generated two goals and two assists in the last two matches and he has seven points in his past seven outings. He is back between Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. When he isn’t playing with Laine, Little often gets paired with Blake Wheeler, so the opportunity for more production is there. He already has 20 goals and 38 points in 48 contests this year.

 

Radko Gudas (PHI) - D - Owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues

 

Gudas has been providing superb category coverage recently. He has six points and 10 penalty minutes in the last nine games. Gudas has also averaged 4.2 hits per game this season and currently sits fourth in the league with a total of 245. He is worth considering if you are looking for more than just points. The Flyers also have five games available to you if you add him prior to Sunday night’s match versus Carolina.

 

Thomas Vanek (FLA) - LW, RW - Owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues

 

Vanek has produced one goal and seven points in eight games with the Panthers since he was acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline. He has meshed nicely alongside Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Marchessault. Vanek also has a spot on the second power-play unit, where he has contributed two of his points. He has collected six helpers in the last three games. If Marchessault, who is owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues is available, then you should prioritize adding him first, especially if you are looking for goals.

 

Jake Guentzel (PIT) - C, LW - Owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues

 

Guentzel was highlighted as a player to add last week, but he deserves to be mentioned again because he is still available in the vast majority of leagues. He has four goals and seven points in nine games this month. He has failed to reach the scoresheet just two times in the past seven matches. Guentzel’s ice time has been near or over 20 minutes per game lately and he has received plenty of scoring chances each game while playing on Sidney Crosby’s wing.

 

Tomas Tatar (DET) - LW, RW - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues

 

Tatar has had his share of struggles this campaign, but he is looking to finish on a positive note. He has eight goals in the past 13 games and he has added four assists during that span. Tatar, who ranks first on the Red Wings with 20 goals in 2016-17, has produced six markers and 10 points in nine matches this month. He has been clicking alongside Henrik Zetterberg, who leads the team with 59 points.

 

Jaccob Slavin (CAR) - D - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues

 

Slavin has collected 10 of his 30 points this season in 10 games this month. He had three goals and one assist against the Islanders earlier this week, but he has been fairly consistent offensively during his hot streak. Slavin has also been better on the road this year and Carolina’s next four games, including Sunday night against Philadelphia, will be played away from home.

 

Nick Schmaltz (CHI) - C, LW - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues

 

Schmaltz has earned just one assist in six games since returning to the lineup from an illness. Prior to that, he racked up 12 points in nine contests. Schmaltz has struggled in the faceoff circle since taking over in the middle for Artem Anisimov, but he still has a spot between Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. That puts him in a great position to succeed and he has played well in that spot before this year. If he loses that spot then he could be reunited on the wing with Jonathan Toews, which wouldn’t be a bad situation either. Chicago’s upcoming schedule has the potential for an offensive explosion, with games against Colorado (Sunday), Vancouver (Tuesday), Dallas (Thursday) and Florida (Saturday).

 

Elias Lindholm (CAR) - C, RW - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues

 

Lindholm is riding a six-game point streak going into Sunday night’s meeting with the Philadelphia Flyers. He has two goals and four assists over that span. He has generated 24 of his 37 points in the past 29 contests. Lindholm has not accounted for many goals this season, but he has been flying under the radar while chugging along at an impressive point pace.

 

Joshua Ho-Sang (NYI) - C, RW - Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues

 

Ho-Sang has made an impact for the Islanders since making his NHL debut earlier this month. He has notched three goals and three assists in 10 games. Ho-Sang has been seeing most of his playing time on the second line with Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd. He has been getting some power-play action as well and could be worthy of a flyer down the stretch if you are in a very deep league.

 

Brayden Point (TBL) - C, RW - Owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues

 

Point has played well since returning from an upper-body injury at the end of January. He has nine goals and five assists during that 21-game stretch. Point has generated five points in the last four matches after he went through a six-game scoring skid. He has been skating alongside Tampa Bay star winger Nikita Kucherov, which has helped him get back on track.



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