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Sunday, January 8, 2017


Mikael Backlund’s six-game point spree came to an end Saturday, but his ownership in Yahoo leagues increased from 23% to 36% since he was featured on Waiver Wired last week. Vincent Trocheck also got closer to being owned in half of all Yahoo leagues after he went from 45% to 49%.

 

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Anthony Mantha (DET) - LW, RW - Owned in 34% of Yahoo leagues

 

Mantha has been mentioned before, but it’s worth recommending him again. He scored his 11th goal of the season Saturday night and has earned at least one point in eight of his last nine outings. Mantha has scored seven goals and added five assists during that span. He has 19 points in 25 appearances with the Red Wings and should continue to produce in the second half as a key member of the team’s offensive attack. Snatch him up before it is too late.

 

Mikko Koivu (MIN) - C - Owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues

 

Koivu has accounted for three goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. He has registered multi-point efforts in three of those matches. Koivu has racked up eight markers and 17 points in his last 16 contests. His career best 19.7 shooting percentage probably isn’t sustainable, but he will continue to generate points for the rest of the season. Koivu has fit in nicely behind a resurgent Eric Staal and he can help if your league uses faceoffs (55.1 winning percentage) and plus-minus (plus-20).

 

Patrick Maroon (EDM) - LW - Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues

 

Maroon is back on the wing of Edmonton’s top line, so he has benefited from the McDavid effect. He has tallied six goals and recorded one assist in the past eight games. Maroon had a hat trick Thursday against Boston on five shots. He has clicked with Connor McDavid for stretches this season before. He is worth rostering until he moves back down the depth chart.

 

Sam Reinhart (BUF) - C, RW - Owned in 28% of Yahoo leagues

 

Reinhart may shift back to the wing now that Ryan O'Reilly is back in the lineup, but that won’t hurt his fantasy value. It may even help him if he gets to play alongside O’Reilly or he moves back to Jack Eichel’s line. Reinhart has racked up nine points in his last nine games. He has scored just eight goals in 39 contests, but the potential for more is there. He skates on the top power-play unit, where he has earned four of his goals this year and four of his points during his current hot streak.

 

Michal Neuvirth (PHI) - G - Owned in 27% of Yahoo leagues

 

Neuvirth returned to action Saturday against Tampa Bay and turned aside 24 of 26 shots in a 4-2 victory. The win snapped Philadelphia’s five-game winless skid. Steve Mason was great for the most part while Neuvirth was on the sidelines with a knee injury, but his recent struggles could open the door for Neuvirth to see some consecutive starts. It’s a situation worth monitoring. Neuvirth makes for an intriguing depth addition at this time.

 

Bo Horvat (VAN) - C - Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues

 

Horvat has been a bright spot for the Canucks this season. Vancouver has struggled to score again this season, but that hasn’t stopped Horvat lately. He has found the back of the net three times in his last four outings and he is riding an impressive seven-game scoring streak. Horvat has compiled five assists during that span along with the previously mentioned three goals. The 21-year-old pivot leads the team in scoring with 29 points in 42 matches.

 

Travis Konecny (PHI) - C, LW - Owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues

 

Konecny has been reunited with Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek. He posted his sixth goal of the season Saturday versus Tampa Bay to give him two markers and two assists in the last four games. Konecny got off to a great start alongside Couturier and Voracek earlier this year and could be primed for another hot streak with games against Columbus (Sunday), Buffalo (Tuesday), Vancouver (Thursday) and Boston (Saturday) on the upcoming schedule.

 

Tanner Pearson (LAK) - LW - Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues

 

Pearson has collected four goals and three assists in his past eight contests. He has scored the game-winning goal for the Kings in two of the last three games and he has failed to reach the scoresheet just two times during his present hot streak. Pearson is back to playing alongside Los Angeles leading scorer Jeff Carter and that has helped with his recent surge.

 

Michael Frolik (CGY) - C, RW - Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues

 

Frolik has been part of Calgary’s red hot combination with Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk. He has netted four goals in his last four games and he has contributed nine points over the past seven outings. Backlund is still available in 64% of Yahoo leagues and Tkachuk is owned in 45% of Yahoo leagues, but if they are both taken then Frolik could still be available to you.

 

Connor Brown (TOR) - RW - Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues

 

Brown has recorded nine goals and nine assists in 39 games this season. What makes him worthy of a pickup? He has produced five of those goals and nine points in the last eight games. Brown has been playing alongside rookie phenom Auston Matthews and he has been making the most of his chances. It’s easy to forget that Brown impressed last season when he had six points in seven games with the Leafs. Now that he is playing higher up in the depth chart with some talent, he is taking advantage of the opportunity and could help your squad if you are looking for an under-the-radar addition.



Corey Abbott is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him Twitter @CoreAbbott.
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