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Joonas Donskoi
Waiver Wired

Waiver Wired: Jump on Donskoi

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: December 2, 2019, 12:47 am ET

Oliver Bjorkstrand jumped from a 2% ownership to 11%, but he’s still available in the vast majority of Yahoo leagues.  Bryan Rust was finally starting to get some fantasy attention in the majority of leagues, while going from a 32% ownership to 43%, but now he’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.  David Krejci is now owned in 52% of Yahoo leagues after he was sitting at 30% a week ago. 

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Nico Hischier (New Jersey) - C - Owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues 

Hischier’s four-game point streak came to an end on Saturday afternoon in a shutout loss to the New York Rangers.  He had picked up an assist in four straight games going into the contest.  Hischier has three goals and 12 points in the past 16 matches.  He is starting to produce consistently for the Devils.  Playing on the top line with Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri has certainly helped in that regard.  New Jersey has a busy upcoming schedule, which could make Hischier worthy of a flier if he’s available.  

Adam Fox (New York Rangers) - D - Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues 

Fox has been piling up points since late October.  He has five goals and nine assists in the past 18 games.  Fox didn’t have a point in his first seven NHL outings, but he has been difficult to keep off the scoresheet since that time.  He has had point streaks of five and three contests during his productive stretch.  Fox has four power-play points (one goal, three assists) in the past seven games.  The 21-year-old defender has plenty of value in keeper formats and he should be owned in more standard leagues as well.  

Zach Parise (Minnesota) - LW - Owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues 

Parise has scored a goal in each of the last three games.  Parise struggled in October, but he heated up in November with eight goals and three assists in 13 outings.  He compiled 37 shots on goal during that span.  Parise had 28 goals and 61 points in 74 contests last season.  He’s starting to look like that player again, which would make him a good longer-term pickup in standard leagues.  

Gustav Nyquist (Columbus) - LW, RW - Owned in 20% of Yahoo leagues 

Nyquist has accounted for five goals and six assists in the last 11 games.  The bulk of that production came in two three-point efforts, including a hat trick this past Friday.  Still, it’s been a productive year for Nyquist, who is tied for the team lead in points (18) with Pierre-Luc Dubois.  He also ranks third on the Blue Jackets with five power-play points and 66 shots on goal.  Nyquist has been skating alongside Oliver Bjorkstrand (owned in 11% of Yahoo leagues) on what has been Columbus’ best line of late.      

Brett Connolly (Florida) - LW, RW - Owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues 

Connolly leads the Panthers in goal scoring with 12 markers through 26 games.  He was signed by Florida in the summer to provide some secondary offense and he has lived up to that expectation so far.  He has supplied 19 points and he is currently playing alongside Vincent Trocheck on the second line.  Connolly has gone more than two games without a point just once so far this season.  

Joonas Donskoi (Colorado) - LW, RW - Owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues 

Donskoi has supplied 11 goals and 11 assists in 26 games with Colorado this campaign.  He has benefited from playing alongside some talented players and he hasn’t looked out of place as a top-six forward.  Donskoi has been clicking with Nathan MacKinnon, while racking up four goals and six helpers in 10 games going into Saturday’s contest.  The Avalanche got Mikko Rantanen back on Saturday night versus Chicago.  He joined Donskoi and MacKinnon on the top line and the trio combined for four goals and 11 points in a 7-3 win.  Donskoi notched two goals and two assists in the match.  Gabriel Landeskog is on the mend from a lower-body injury, but Donskoi makes for a great option until the Colorado captain returns. 

Tristan Jarry (Pittsburgh) - G - Owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues 

Jarry suffered a bit of a setback this past Friday in a 5-2 loss to Columbus when he surrendered four goals on 29 shots.  However, he had four straight wins prior to that outing and should be back in the crease soon.  Matt Murray has been struggling and Jarry has been impressive, while sporting a 2.27 goals-against average and .929 save percentage over nine appearances in 2019-20.  The Penguins play three games in four nights this coming week, so Jarry will get at least one start and it could come against the basement-dwelling Detroit Red Wings.    

Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay) - C - Owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues

Cirelli has generated five goals and 10 points in the last eight games.  He has been held off the scoresheet only one time during that span and he has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 13 outings.  He has been playing on Tampa Bay’s second line alongside Steven Stamkos since the latter returned from a lower-body injury.  Cirelli was red hot when Stamkos was sidelined and he has continued to roll with the Lightning captain back in the fold.  He is on pace for a career year in 2019-20.

Brandon Saad (Chicago) - LW - Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues 

Saad has accumulated five goals and 11 points in his last 13 appearances.  He has been credited with 32 shots during that span, while being held off the scoresheet just three times.  Saad also has two goals and one assist over a three-game point streak.  He has been quietly piling up points alongside Jonathan Toews and Alex Nylander.  Saad makes for a good flier option for this week with the Blackhawks scheduled to play four times.    

Christian Dvorak (Arizona) - C, LW - Owned in 7% of Yahoo leagues 

Dvorak has warmed up with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 16 games.  That includes two goals and five helpers in the past seven matches.  Dvorak also has two goals and two assists during a three-game point streak.  He has been playing well alongside Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland.  Dvorak is on pace for a career year offensively in 2019-20.  

Corey Abbott

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