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Waiver Wired: Vindicated Vanek

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Anthony Mantha is still available in 64% of Yahoo leagues. He has amassed six goals and six assists in the past 10 games. Patrick Maroon was owned in 30% of leagues last week when he appeared on Waiver Wired and now he is up to 51%. Connor Brown is owned in just 6% of Yahoo leagues despite having 11 points, including seven goals, in the last 10 outings.

 

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Nick Leddy (NYI) - D - Owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues

 

Leddy’s ownership in Yahoo leagues has been on the rise, but if he is still available then he is worth an add. He has generated three goals and four helpers in the past seven games. Leddy has been serving as the top power-play unit’s quarterback and he has picked up two points on the man advantage during his recent hot play. The 25-year-old defender has a very a good chance to surpass his previous personal bests of 10 goals and 40 points during the 2016-17 campaign.

 

Thomas Vanek (DET) - LW, RW - Owned in 36% of Yahoo leagues

 

Detroit was hopeful that Vanek would play with a chip on his shoulder this season after he was bought out by the Wild and he has turned that motivation into plenty of points during the first half of 2016-17. Vanek is tied for the team lead with 11 goals and he is just two points behind Henrik Zetterberg for first on the team in scoring despite appearing in 11 fewer games. He has reached the scoresheet in nine of his last 10 contests. Vanek has four goals and four helpers over a five-game point streak during that span. He is deserving of being owned in more leagues.

 

Jason Zucker (MIN) - LW, RW - Owned in 26% of Yahoo leagues

 

Zucker has carried over his superb play from December into January. He has racked up 16 points in his last 19 matches. Zucker has provided five goals and six assists in the past 10 contests. Unfortunately, he won’t help you on the power play, but he has flourished at even strength on Minnesota’s second line with Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu.

 

Conor Sheary (PIT) - LW, RW - Owned in 26% of Yahoo leagues

 

Sheary remains a solid option for poolies as a linemate of superstar center Sidney Crosby. He has collected three goals and four assists in the last nine outings. Sheary has recorded 11 goals and 25 points in 35 matches this season and he has managed to earn points rather consistently. Pittsburgh has four games on tap for this week, so there will be some opportunities to take advantage of that.

 

Andrej Sekera (EDM) - D - Owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues

 

Sekera recorded just 30 points in 81 games last season, but he already has 20 points after 43 matches this year. After a slow start, he has accumulated 13 points in the past 19 matches. Sekera has just two goals during that span, but he has been getting his chances and he serves as the lone defender on the Oilers’ top power-play unit.

 

Mark Streit (PHI) - D - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues

 

Streit returned to action Saturday after missing 13 games with a shoulder injury. He posted one assist, four shots and a minus-2 rating against Boston. Streit skated on the top power-play unit in the match and his assist came on a goal by Brayden Schenn on the man advantage. He has contributed seven of his 17 points on the man advantage this season.

 

Tyler Bozak (TOR) - C - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues

 

Bozak is currently riding a five-game point streak. He has three goals and five assists during that stretch. He has contributed six of those points on a red hot Toronto power play. There have been chances to score five-on-five as well because he has great chemistry with talented linemates James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marner. Bozak also has a 56.3 winning percentage on 625 faceoffs if you are looking for help in that area.

 

Zack Smith (OTT) - C, LW - Owned in 7% of Yahoo leagues

 

Smith has recorded one goal and two assists in four games since getting back in the lineup from an abdominal injury. He has picked up where he left off before he got hurt when he had four markers and seven points in five contests. Smith has been playing with Mark Stone and Derick Brassard on Ottawa’s top line.

 

Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) - LW, RW - Owned in 7% of Yahoo leagues

 

Buchnevich has been limited to 12 games this season because of a back problem, but he has amassed 10 points during that time. He made his return to the lineup on Friday and he has earned two assists in his first two contests back. Buchnevich has reached the scoresheet in each of his last six outings with the Rangers. He has four goals and four helpers during that span. The talented 21-year-old is currently playing with Kevin Hayes and Rick Nash. Pick him up.

 

Derek Ryan (CAR) - C, RW - Owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues

 

Carolina has found a spark offensively this season and Ryan has been a surprisingly productive player. The 30-year-old forward has recorded eight goals and 18 points in 30 games, which includes four markers and two assists in the past six games. Ryan has looked good on the top line with Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask. If you are looking for an under-the-radar pickup then Ryan will fit the bill.

 



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